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Old 12-29-2009, 11:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone know if the TSA has prohibited BB on-board planes yet? Are we still allowed to board planes with our BB? I checked the TSA website but could not find and info on the matter.

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Old 12-29-2009, 12:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As long as the radio is off, you should be fine
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At this time, blackberries and other cell phones have not been banned. There were some flights (international) where users were not allowed to use any electronic devices on-board for either the entire flight or last hour of the flight. I don't believe they were prohibited from carrying them on-board. Some international carriers limited the number of carry-on items from two to only one. Measures are not the same on every carrier, at every airport, or even on every flight.

If you are travelling soon, you should listen to the news for updates; call your carrier for last minute advice; or check the TSA website at TSA | Transportation Security Administration | U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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As long as the radio is off, you should be fine
This is not completely correct.

In order to fully comply with FAA regulations, the device must have all connections turned off (by using connection manager) prior to the closing of the aircraft door. Following that, the device must be powered down like all other electronics. After passing flight level 10 (10,000 ft.), ten minutes after take off, or when announced by the crew, the device can then be powered on, but all connections must remain off. Ten minutes prior to landing or when announced by the crew, the device must be powered off. On US domestic flights, the device may be turned on immediately after landing and the connections restarted.

This is the only way to completely comply with FAA regulations.

Please note that on certain international flights, mobile phone usage may be completely prohibited (regardless of whether the connections are also off) by the destination country's civil aviation authority or the airline. As such, it is important to pay full attention to any signs, placards, video messages or crew instructions when flying foreign-flag airlines or flying to international destinations.
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New TSA rules ban notebooks, Wi-Fi in late flight | Electronista
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This is not related to the OP's question. Your link is related to the attempted terrorist attack last week.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Canada bans most U.S.-bound carry-on bags

As I said above, check the news for updates. Just found one. Canada bans most U.S.-bound carry-on bags - News- msnbc.com

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Transport Canada said Monday that passengers may only carry medical devices, small purses, cameras, laptop computers, canes, walkers, diaper bags, musical instruments and bags containing "life-sustaining items."
If that definition is complete, then it appears that Transport Canada may not allow cell phones. Anyone have more info?
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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As long as the radio is off, you should be fine
This is not completely correct.

In order to fully comply with FAA regulations, the device must have all connections turned off (by using connection manager) prior to the closing of the aircraft door. Following that, the device must be powered down like all other electronics. After passing flight level 10 (10,000 ft.), ten minutes after take off, or when announced by the crew, the device can then be powered on, but all connections must remain off. Ten minutes prior to landing or when announced by the crew, the device must be powered off. On US domestic flights, the device may be turned on immediately after landing and the connections restarted.

This is the only way to completely comply with FAA regulations.

Please note that on certain international flights, mobile phone usage may be completely prohibited (regardless of whether the connections are also off) by the destination country's civil aviation authority or the airline. As such, it is important to pay full attention to any signs, placards, video messages or crew instructions when flying foreign-flag airlines or flying to international destinations.
You seem to be on target. What I did encounter is the lack of consistency. I have followed what you noted unless told differently.
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You seem to be on target. What I did encounter is the lack of consistency. I have followed what you noted unless told differently.
As have I. In the past five years of travelling near non-stop, I can concur that there is no consistency, not even within the same airline.

That said, the best policy is to simply follow the rules as stated by the FAA (or CAA of other countries), regardless of what the individual airline employee says (as you and I do).
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As I said above, check the news for updates. Just found one. Canada bans most U.S.-bound carry-on bags - News- msnbc.com



If that definition is complete, then it appears that Transport Canada may not allow cell phones. Anyone have more info?
Once again, this is only temporary and reactionary based on the attempted attack last week. As such, it is not relevant to this topic.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Seems to me like a knee-jerk reaction to make it seem to the passenger that things are more secure. Why in the last hour of flight? Makes no sense to me.
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