Silverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3231 times:
I have read the various posts and answers that have been on this subject in the past, BUT have not yet seen an answer that deals with the following question.
IF the use of electrical appliances of any form is banned during take off and landing, WHY then on the Dicovery Wings channel do we have countless shots of the same taken with video cameras?
Do these cameras have any form of suppression that allows them to be used in the cockpit area?
If so, what is it, and can the normal handheld vcr be modified.? eg, encasing it in one of the film Xray bags that would effectively stop all electrical impulses being emitted, except perhap through the lens.
Serious answers please. (or even thoughts on this) not the usual 'Its what the FAA/CAA say'
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7 Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3152 times:
I was wondering that myself. Even with some of the airport/airliner videos. I have one of St. Maarten where at the end, the filmer tapes the take off from the window of his 757 out of SXM. I had heard the same about not being able to tape.
Che From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 537 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3141 times:
Flying YYZ-CLE (COEx ERJ135) last August, I asked the the F/a if I could film the takeoff and landing. To my suprise she said yes! She went on to say that one camcorder, etc is not enough to cause any interferance in the cockpit. The interferance is caused when there are a lot of electronic devices being used all giving off electrical interferamce of course.
The only highlight of the short flight was when an eldely Chinese man got stuck in the lav. The F/O had to come back and boot it open. He sure did look embarrased when he got out!
Hmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2088 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3085 times:
To be fair, the industry originally defended their ban on live electronic equipment onboard, at least during landing and take-off, on the basis of interference. That was the flight attendants' answer. Most intelligent people deduced that was b.s., but arguing the truth was not an option. I was not aware that cabin staff had changed their explanation to something more believable.
But even Rick's explanation, which may be correct, is not totally consistent with logic. If it is only to hear any announcement, then that would imply that a deaf passenger should be free to use a camcorder, or laptop at all times. Or try this one: What if a deaf person, for reasons of levity or spite, wore a walkman on his head and turned it on? Should he be told to turn it off because it is interfering with his hearing of a potential emergency announcement?
To Vote YES, dial 1-800- WALKMAN
To Vote NO, dial 1-800- DEAFMAN
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Venuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3043 times:
I was on a flight where the kid in front of me was listening to his CD player nonstop from departure taxi to arrival. None of the flight attendants seemed to notice or care. Any comments from pilots or flight attendants?
WMUPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2981 times:
All newer aircraft are protected from the EM interference that maybe given off by CD Players, Walkmans, and so forth. The only reason they don't want you to use cell phones, well there is 2. One so you can use their expensive airphones. The other, you flying about 5 miles up in the atmosphere, and your cell phone will try to lock into every single radio tower it can find. Tying up lines for people on the ground.
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1552 posts, RR: 25 Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2960 times:
Disabled people(including blind or deaf person) are notified to the flight attendants so that they can be taken care in case of an emergency and they are seated to make it easier for them and for others if evacuation is necessary. I am going to to back up Rick in this case,the emergency announcements and briefings are very important that heard by everone,even sleeping people are to be waked up duing landing and take offs.
Silverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2950 times:
Geat Input, it would appear though the 'pros' are keeping very quiet on this one.
Must get onto the airlines to get the 'official view'
Radio waves are no respecters of airliners. they are in the main multidirectional, and TV/Radio signals must by reasons that are obvious, be very strong, otherwise nobody outside a very small radius from the transmitter would be able to receive programmes. The inference being that these signals also must affect the a/c systmes yet, i have not seen any broadcasts being shut down whenever a plane lands or takes off.
Rick/Hmmmm good point ref deaf people. Has anybody seen a F/A signing during the announcements?, and i am pretty sure that in the event of a problem, the amount of hysterical screaming would drown out any announcements anyway
If i get replies i will keep the list posted
Barcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 12 Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2785 times:
Weird. I'm profoundly deaf and have only TWICE on my numerous flights had anything brought to the attention of the FA's. I lipread well, and speak perfectly, so it's not always obvious that I have communication problems.
I'm flying Continental from LGW to EWR on the 15th, coming back on the 22nd. First time I've gone with them across the pond - wonder if someone will assist with my being deaf. I'm used to it, so tend to get on with things perfectly fine.
Kevindca From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 103 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
I'm a flight attendant in the US. Personally, I ask anyone who's using any kind of electronic device during take off or landing to turn it off. Why, you ask? Because my airline tells me to do that and they're signing my pay checks. Personally, I don't think your Gameboy or Walkman or camcorder is going to make us crash as the wheels go up, but my opinion doesn't matter when I'm at work. I'm just doing what I'm getting paid to do (hopefully in a tactful and kind manner). When we ask you to turn it off, just do it and don't argue. I myself, while traveling as a passenger, was scolded once by a South African Airways F/A for using my CD player deep over the Atlantic and several hours after take off. I thought it was a silly rule, one which we don't have in the US, but I apologized and turned it off. Period.
As for deaf passengers, if we know they are on board we are suppose to offer them a briefing book detailing emergency procedures after they board. However, in this day of automated check in and self-serve everything, we don't always know a passenger is deaf until we're at their seat offering them something to eat or (more likely) drink. No, we're not signing during the announcements, but we are physically demonstrating the relevant equipment, and one would hope that anyone, hearing or deaf, could figure out what we're doing. Any safety videos shown, at least at my company, include captioning in English and Spanish. If anyone feels they need assistance, obviously we are prepared to help them, and all they need to do is ring the call light.
The bottom line is, if a crew member asks you to do something, including turning off the camcorder, please just do it.
Hmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2088 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2672 times:
We are not discussing whether or not we should comply. So save the lecture. We are discussing the reasoning behind the request. You didn't shed any light on this issue. You are just as much in the dark as everyone else. So the question is, does a deaf man have to turn off his computer or walkman for take-off or landing? Is he exempt from that rule? And if not, why?
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Kevindca From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 103 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2557 times:
Sorry if I sounded like I was lecturing, I was just trying to give my perspective as a F/A to the many posts which brought up several topics. I suppose I've had so many people challenge me at work about this policy that I have become a bit defensive about it!
Yes, a deaf person must turn off all personal electronic devices. The only thing my company has ever told me about electronic devices is that they can interfere with communications equipment in the cockpit, and that is why they must be turned off. It's not done to make people watch the safety demo. Someone can sleep, read, whistle Dixie, look out the window, whatever during the safety briefing, no one's going to stop you.
The point I was trying to make was that, even though a F/A might personally think telling someone to turn their camcorder off was silly, we had to do it, and any explanation we may give was based on what the company told us.
J_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
I've been wondering the same thing...and didn't it used to be ok to do so? I recall videoing a few t/o & landings some years ago with NO warnings given to not do so....since then, I have switched to taking still pix...however, on a flight last year, I did take some video before landing after the "turn off" warning BUT we were still at 25-30K and 30 min out...and the view of the glacier was just too good! I finished long before we got lower and near landing....