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User currently offlineAntiuser From Italy, joined May 2004, 657 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4098 times:

What are most airlines' policies regarding portable CD players (discman) during flight? I am aware that due to radio interference, they are not allowed to be used during takeoff and landing, but I should be allowed to use it while the seat belt sign is off, right?

To make my question more specific, will I be allowed to use my portable CD player on an AA flight on Y? My seat even has a power port, which I have an adapter for, so I don't have to worry about my batteries dying during the flight...

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User currently offlineATL2CDG From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 296 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4021 times:

http://www.aa.com/content/travelInformation/duringFlight/onboardTechnology.jhtml?anchorEvent=false

You can scroll to the bottom of the page to read about AA's official policy on the use of electronic devices (including CD players) in flight. Also, near the top of the page is information regarding the use of power ports.



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User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4018 times:

You will be able to use your cD player on all the U.S. majors. So the answer to your question is yes you will be allowed to use the CD player. The only time I have been told to turn my CD player off was on LH from EWR-AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA. Hope you have a good flight.

Dave


User currently offlineFlug From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3985 times:

It's not so much the radio interference that's the problem as wearing the headset and not being able to hear crew instruction in an emergency. During flight you should be fine once the seatbelt signs are off. If in doubt ask a crew member or listen to the boarding announcement. Hope this helps a bit.

User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3950 times:

Little off topic, but I want to tell you that two weeks ago, I bought a Garmin GPS, which is allowed to use it during a flight, and it was amazing, I saw the speed, the altitude, routes, direction, etc. A good "toy". Everybody looked at me with curiosity but even in the inflight magazine (In this case AV - Avianca) they say it is allowed all the time.


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3927 times:

Well, the built in 'On Board Entertainment System' for many of the Embraer RJ's is a Sony Discman. It's built into the Galley in a compartment.


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User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4433 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3802 times:
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Little off topic, but I want to tell you that two weeks ago, I bought a Garmin GPS, which is allowed to use it during a flight, and it was amazing, I saw the speed, the altitude, routes, direction, etc. A good "toy". Everybody looked at me with curiosity but even in the inflight magazine (In this case AV - Avianca) they say it is allowed all the time.

When I flew SY MSP-LAS in March, they said GPS use is strictly prohibited at anytime during the flight. Sad


User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3751 times:

Most US majors will have an announcement when passing 10,000ft telling you that portable electronic devices (including CD players) are allowed to be used.

User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3749 times:

there shouldn't be a problem with using it during flight, it's only during takeoff and landing. You should wait till your plane reaches cruising altitude before you turn it on on takeoff due to static interference with radio and control equipment. The last thing a pilot wants is for static noises to be ringing in his ear while trying to talk and listen with the tower.


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User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

Depends on the airline. There are certain ones, such as MyTravel, whose policy is that "portable electronic devices including CD players and laptop computers must not be used at any time as they can interfere with the aircraft's navigation systems" (well, that was the policy when they were Airtours anyway, I'm not sure if it's the same now.) Which, I assume, is a load of b******s because other airlines operating the same type of aircraft (A32x, A330, 757) have absolutely no problem with it. It's obviously a marketing ploy... if you can't listen to your CD player, you have to buy a set of their headphones so you can watch their IFE instead.

On my Airtours flights in 2001 (pre-MyTravel), I asked a F/A whether I could listen to my CD player, as I was unsure of the company's policy... and he said quietly "yeah, go on it'll be fine". Which proves my point.

Another thing that annoyed me was the fact that the sockets on their aircraft have a double 3.5mm stereo socket, rather than the standard single one, and, according to them, you have to buy their headphones to be able to use it. Rubbish. All you have to do is plug your CD phones into one of the sockets and leave the other one empty, and it works normally. I know this won't apply to AA, but beware of this particularly on charter airlines, who try and sell you one thing after another for most of the flight.

On most airlines I fly with, you can use them as soon as the seat-belt sign has gone off, this appears to be the general rule over here. I don't know about the US, but like people have said above, if you're in doubt, just ask.



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User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2386 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3672 times:

There are certain ones, such as MyTravel, whose policy is that "portable electronic devices including CD players and laptop computers must not be used at any time

Yes, when I flew with them a couple of years ago that policy was still going! It's ridiculous the way it varies from airline to airline! I don't know whether to talk the cassette player, the minidisc player, the cd player.....it should be either OK or not for all airlines!


User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

I just listened to mine anyway. When the F/As come past, you just pull your earphones out for a second and hide them. I'd travelled to Toronto a month earlier on an A330 with Canada 3000 and they didn't have a problem with it, so no way were they telling me that their A330 would have been affected. I've got a tiny little Panasonic MP3 player now, measures 3cm x 3cm, even better! A mobile phone is a different matter, especially if you're sat next to any wiring, or near the E&E bay near the front - that could cause problems. The emissions from any kind of electronic music player are negligible in comparison.

Basically, it's OK to do so. MyTravel were bullshitting so they could sell extra headphones. 360 passengers on an A330-200 multiplied by (I think) £2.50 a set... £900. Not a bad little earner, eh? (OK, I know not everyone's going to buy them anyway, but you get my point.)



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User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2386 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

Exactly, and they are the cheapest piles of sh!t ever made, it probably costs them 50p each to get them and they sell them for 5 times as much!  Big grin

User currently offlineAntiuser From Italy, joined May 2004, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3581 times:

Thank you very much for your replies. I was almost certain I would be able to use it but just wanted to make sure, since I'm in Brazil and have learned that AA's customer service is utter pants, I wanted to check before I burned my special flight compilation  Smile


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

GPS usage also varies from airline to airline...some allow it, but most do not...

Greg



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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1429 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

I flew AA last weekend and here is their rule on CD player on board. You can use CD-players anytime after you set put on the plane except for when they are giving safety procedures, takeoff and landing (You should be able to use them 5-10 after take off) You are allowed to use them thorughtout the flight, its just those few minutes they dont want any electronics (laser) interfeering with the aircrft.


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User currently offlineAntiuser From Italy, joined May 2004, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Muchas gracias, Venezuela747, ahora ya sé que no hay ningún problema y puedo empiezar a grabar mi compilación especial para el vuelo  Smile

Translated: Thank you very much, Venezuela 747, now I already know there is o problem and I can begin to record my special compilation for the flight

I'm glad I finally joined this place after lurking for so long. You guys have been a great source of help. Cheers all.



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User currently offlineSammyhostie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3369 times:

"There are certain ones, such as MyTravel, whose policy is that "portable electronic devices including CD players and laptop computers must not be used at any time"

Actually, we dont let you use them on take off landing obviously, but the policy has changed recently, so you can use:-
CD players
P3 players (Inc I Pods)
Laptops
DVD players etc

Inflight.



User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

UA and NW policy is you can use DC players in flight except during the first and last 10 minuites and when the door is closed on the ground. EI, on the other hand, has a policy of having CD players off during the entire flight, which is kind of silly because you can use a tape player or anything that does not use a laser or send/receive signals. On the EI flight I took ORD-DUB, the flight attendants even asked a member of my group to turn their CD player off mid flight, so either that crew member was a stickler or EI really enforces this policy.

AA probably has the same policy as UA and NW, and if they do they will announce when you can use them and when you must turn them off.

[Edited 2004-05-29 13:51:00]

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

I thought when you plugged regular headphones into the 2-pronggers you only got mono sound out of one headphone.
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User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3539 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

i have an iPod, so that is no problem at all, but on EI from ORD-DUB the FA's said the use of cd players was prohibited at all times. meh. buy an mp3 player.


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User currently offlineMikedlayer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

Going back to the point about My Travel, they are the only airline I have flown on that don't allow CD players during the flight!!! Mind you they are one of the only airlines I fly on apart from Monarch and BMI sometimes.

Even so it's a pathetic excuse to get more cash.

Mike


User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

"I thought when you plugged regular headphones into the 2-pronggers you only got mono sound out of one headphone"

That's what I thought, too, but I decided to try it anyway because I wasn't paying for the ones Airtours supplied... and it worked fine. So now I know not to bother.



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User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 478 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

Anyone know if FCA have a specific policy on CD players? I'm flying with them next week and would hate to upset the F/A's!

User currently offlineAntiuser From Italy, joined May 2004, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

I just called the local AA office and they said that it's alright to use my discman once the aircraft has reached cruise altitude, and that sure enough, I can plug it on the power port, provided I have the adapter (which I do).

Thanks again, this forum is great.



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25 Sammyhostie : "Going back to the point about My Travel, they are the only airline I have flown on that don't allow CD players during the flight!!! Mind you they are
26 FLYtoEGCC : Steve7E7 - it's the same as for all the others now, once the seat belt sign has gone off in the climb, you can use them, and when it comes back on for
27 PHLapproach : Speaking of electronics, does anyone know US's Scanner policies. I have checked thier site and there is nothing on using them during flights. Any help
28 Firstclasser : On my last flight this year, I used the headphones (with a CD player) from pushback to landing, without mention.
29 Iowaman : Does anyone know if G4 would allow me to use my GPS in flight?
30 Nbgskygod : I remember a few years ago, I was on a TWA flight from SNA to STL, they let me use my scanner. I just asked the F/A. guess its kind of like most thing
31 BA97 : Extending this discussion. I always carry a set of adapters, stereo to the 2 prong to get around the plug problem. It is that classic thing- you site
32 Jamotcx : Going back to the point about My Travel, they are the only airline I have flown on that don't allow CD players during the flight!!! I thought Britanni
33 FLYtoEGCC : "The question I throw out - A few years ago I flew on Ryan Air to Turin and I was told under the Irish Air Authority rules I could not use a lap top o
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