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Pilots Get To Hear Screaming Babies Too  
User currently offlineAroundtheworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 279 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

According to this CNN article....pilots get to listen to screaming babies just as much as us in Y class  Smile


LONDON, England (Reuters) --Instead of landing instructions, aircraft approaching Britain's Luton airport heard the squealing of tiny infant Freya Spratley broadcast over their radios.

Authorities worked 12 hours to track the frequency and determined that a baby monitor at mother Lisa Spratley's house, located near the airport, was broadcasting her baby's cries to the cockpits of approaching planes, the BBC reported on Monday.

"It was like something out of the Ghostbusters. They came down the path and stopped me and said we'd like to check something inside the house," Lisa Spratley told the station.

"They said they were working on behalf of Luton airport traffic control. They'd been asked to sort out interference they'd been receiving on the airwaves and had tracked it down to our address."

The BBC said there was no threat to safety: pilots who heard the infant Freya instead of air traffic control were able to switch to a different frequency.

The company that made the baby monitor supplied the Spratleys with a new one.

And little Freya seemed to have little idea of the commotion she had caused.


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User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

I wonder whether they are still filming that "airline" series with Easyjet at Luton.... would make for an interesting episode!

User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

A baby crying, that has to be the worst sound in the world, ahhhhhh! Speaking of babies crying!


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User currently offlineIl75 From Argentina, joined May 2001, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

Funny story.

Maybe the little girl has a future traffic controller and that was her first try  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineGoing64 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

and they didn't even get free tickets? would be a perfect marketing opportunity: "desperate baby contacts pilots directly"

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

Amusing story, what I don't understand is how a baby listening device, which have a transmit range of about 100m, could be transmitting ATIS to aircraft at least 2,000m above?  Confused

Must have been a super-powerful transmitter on this partiular device!!

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
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