Qantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2534 times:
I dont see any problem with being able to use a digital camera on board. It's pretty much the same as your ordinary camera just it stores the photos. I found it strange that items such as Nintendo Gameboys can't be used on the aircraft but if gameboys arent allowed to be used then I dont think a Digital camera can be used. Radio scanners I dont know about sorry. Just bring it really and hope for the best. Doesnt hurt to ask as you board
Usairways@clt From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 209 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
I use a camera on most flights, and although the flight attendents have seen me with it during landing, they didn't seem to care. So, I guess the answer is yes. I don't see why not.
On the question about the scanner, I have a transciever (2 way radio) for aircraft, and I turn it on as soon as we hit 10,000ft. Sometimes I can track our flight until descent. One time the flight attendent asked me about it and asked if I want the frequency they were on at the time (although he never did give it to me).
I also asked a NWA captain if I could use it, and he got a little apprehensive about the idea of a 2 way radio....he lived...
PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 14 Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2478 times:
The electronic equipment rules tend to vary from carrier to carrier with most accepting usage apart from in the periods of flight immediately after take off and on approach.
I have personally used both an analogue video cam and a digital camera in flight and none of my many airline contacts can see any reason not to.
Radios are, however, different.
As far as I know, it is an offence for a passenger to use any transmitting or receiving equipment on any a flight operated as a revenue earning service in just about any country in the world.
We all know about the ban on using mobile phones (now seriously implicated in bringing down a Thai A310 which, when the Captain announced a diversion, had a large number of its passengers use their mobiles to inform their office/home etc. Whilst the aircraft crashed in poor conditions, it is thought that the use of the phones, en masse, caused problems with reception of navigation aids) and for mobile phones, you can also read radios, with a transceiver being a big no-no.
Silverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2454 times:
What about a GPS?
And this is an old chestnut... just look at the amount of footage from media people on take off and landing. and they are still living.
Anyway how does the radio signal to your phone (turned off) know to stop at the outside of the plane and not go inside to check?
sometimes i think paranoia is ruining this world
Silverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2436 times:
Jan.. you are wrong about the signal.
Does this mean then that if you switch your FM radio off the main transmitter shuts down...I think not.The signal is still sent from the preson who activated their phone, if the transmitter doesnt connect, THEN it sends a mesasage back to the originator.
Its just so airey fairy about what does and doesnt happen. And do you know the reason behind not using phones in filling stations?
Its if some dope drops it and the battery causes a spark, which MIGHT ignite the gases in the vicinity. nothing about signals at all. otherwise all those other radio signals that are racing around this planet will be doing some untold damage. Or i have i got it all wrong?
Jan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 52 Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2426 times:
OK, you turned off your phone, your buddy calls your number. What happens? Which base station is gonna try to reach your phone? Every single one on earth?
If your phone is turned off nobody could possibly know where you are...? That's why you hear stuff like "the number you have dialed can't be reached right now, please try again later" as opposed to actually ringing.
I am in no way an expert in this field, so if someone actually has knowledge about this matter, please let us know.
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Mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3120 posts, RR: 16 Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2431 times:
Jan, what Silverfox is trying to tell you is that with your phone turned on or turned off, we still live under an enormous net of radio waves and electronic interferences. It doesn't matter if you have your phone turned off because the radio waves are surrounding us everywhere.
PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 14 Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2416 times:
With your cell phone turned on (or your radio for that matter) you can create a regenerative signal that will interfere with air to ground communications, ILS equipment on the aircraft and datalink.
Similar interference is the reason you have to switch off phones and VHF CBs in hospitals and hospital car parks as the regenerative signal can interfere with hospital pagers.
Any equipment approved for use on aircraft (or in hospitals for that matter) is tested, screened against regeneration and restricted to specific frequency variation.
2. The reason phones should be switched off on gas station forecourts has nothing to do with batteries. Fuel vapour can enter the phone and any piece of electronic equipment (even state of the art technology) has the potential create arcing. Fuel molecules are highly pervasive and tempearture sensitive and even almost invisible arcing can reach temperatures far in excess of the flash point of the air/vapour mix.
Usairways@40clt, So "he lived" in the context you wrote it isn't flippant? I suggest you look up the dictionary definition.
Silverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2406 times:
A direct hit, Thats exactly what i was getting at. Radio waves of whatever origin are no rtespecters of prohibited space.
Like theres signs that say Radio Waves stop here!!!!
I dont want to flame its just i dont think some of the reasons given hold water.
Anyway lets get back taking Phots!!
PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 14 Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
The point you are missing is that a receiver (even with no transmitting equipment included), if in some way faulty, can act as a transmitter and block/interfere with other signals.
Regeneration of received signals is a well known phenomenon and there have been thousands of documented instances over the years of such interference.
For many years various airports in the UK banned aircraft band receivers as some makes were known to cause problems, particularly with ILS equipment. Manufacturers took note and improved the situation - but it is not possible to 100% cure it.
The problem with a regenerated signal is that it is random, will crop up on any frequency and, if the signal is regenerated in close proximity to another receiver it will cause problems with legitimate signals.
Quite often, at airports where you see a large number of enthusiasts with radios operating different frequencies but standing in close proximity, you will find someone complaining he is hearing the wrong signal, or all his signals are blocked, due to this problem.
Similar problems can occur with laptop computers. You can demonstrate this by firing up your laptop, or PC for that matter, whilst placing your radio close by.
With many, though not all, computers you will get interference whilst Windows is loading, or whilst saving documents.
Airlines try to accommodate the needs of the passenger to work or entertain themselves and balance these with the needs of safety.
Digital cameras and video recorders are a "grey" area as they use very low battery power, have no receiver or transmitter and have not been found to cause a problem. As for TV standard recording equipment, this is always checked out prior to on board use - as is the equipment used by companies recording the popular flight deck videos.