From: Jean-Francois Mezei <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Vaxination Informatique Date: 13 Sep 96 03:03:32 References: 1 2 3 4 5
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I can understand the concern with RF emissions interfering with on-board nav equipment. I remember that a donwtown hotel on top of a huge concrete complex had problems with certain TV channels on it cable feed. The government traced it to a TRS-80 computer with RF converter to a TV set at a radio shack store some 7 floors below the hotel. HOWEVER, I think that the airlines don't have much credibility in their rules since they prohibit radio-walkmans but have no problems with business passengers turning on their fancy laptops. Yet, portable printers are prohibited. Is there that much of a difference between a printer and a laptop (especially a laptop with a floppy drive and/or cd-rom device) ? If laptops must be turned off during take-off and landing, but can be turned on during flight, does this not mean that the laptop's interference is ok during level flight ? If so, why wouldn't a walkman's interference be ok during flight ? Are laptops something airlines must live with because their business customers are too important ? Once laptops become as common as walkmans, will the airlines change their rules with regards to laptops ?