KDTWFlyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 842 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
As far as I know it is. I would be discrete using it though. I used my Radio Shack on a NW B744 from DTW-AMS and it was sweet! I heard Cleveland ARTCC give a turn command and heard it acknowledged by the crew and sure enough, about a second and a half later we commenced the turn!
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
I'm pretty sure you can bring it with you, as I have never had any problems with it. As for listening in flight, not sure, but I do it sometimes, also without a problem. Just make sure to know the scanner laws of the place you are traveling before you go, especially places overseas. Some states have pretty strict laws also.
Skywatch From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 923 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2911 times:
How could a scanner interfere if you are picking up the same frequencies? I have wondered over whether you could take scanners onto commercial flights or not, and I could not see a reason why you could not, unless they think you can hide a bomb in the battery compartment or something!
1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2888 times:
anything that is receiving the spectrum of bandwidth of the navigation and communications radios can interfere with reception.
they are also banned for use on US aircraft per "FAR 91.21"
Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, no person may operate, nor may any operator or pilot in command of an aircraft allow the operation of, any portable electronic device on any of the following U.S.-registered civil aircraft:
(1) Aircraft operated by a holder of an air carrier operating certificate or an operating certificate; or
(2) Any other aircraft while it is operated under IFR.
(b) Paragraph (a) of this section does not apply to--
(1)Portable voice recorders;
(4)Electric shavers; or
(5)Any other portable electronic device that the operator of the aircraft has determined will not cause interference with the navigation or communication system of the aircraft on which it is to be used.
(c) In the case of an aircraft operated by the holder of an air carrier operating certificate or an operating certificate, the determination required by paragraph (b)(5) of this section shall be made by that operator of the aircraft on which the particular device is to be used. In the case of other aircraft, the determination may be made by the pilot in command or other operator of the aircraft.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9432 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2851 times:
So, after reading the FAR's the answer is No. Keep in mind that at the end of the passanger breifing is the standard statement "...a complete list of approved eletronic devices can be found in the back of your in-flight magazine found in the seat pocket in front of you..."
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FlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2775 times:
I have taken a scanner on commerical flights several times. They have never said anything to me about it at securtiy. I have yet to actually use it in flight though. It is illegal to use them in flight but as you can see some people are able to get away with it. I didn't feel like risking it and usually entertain myself by looking out the window.
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Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2692 times:
Quoting Neilalp (Reply 11): I don't think you would get in BIG trouble. The FA most likely would ask you to turn it off.
Pre 9/11 I would agree with you whole heartedly -- likely: the FA would request you discontinue use and if you didn't comply the police may or may not be waiting for you when you landed (and you may or may not land at the airport you had planned on landing at), depending on the mood of the FA.
Post 9/11 with everyone so anxious about terrorists I think more than a few pax may consider it highly suspicious and possibly take matters in to their own hands if they saw someone trying to use a scanner -- especially after the "no radios or cellphones" annoucement during the safety briefing. The police would probably be waiting for you when you landed.
If you do choose to use it in flight (I strongly suggest that you not), make sure you are extremely discrete about it, and of course use an earphone. Best cause of action, especially if you're not sure if the carrier allows or disallows the use is just talk to the FA when your boarding...worst they can say is "No", and this would make you a heck of a lot less suspicious.
As others have said, in general if you're told that you aren't alowed to do something on an airplane, there is probably a good reason for it (in this case interference with communication and navigation systems) and you probably shouldn't do it even if you don't get cought.
[Edited 2005-03-10 04:28:16]
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USAir330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2607 times:
After reading all your comments (especially OPNLguy) I think that I'll take it with me but ask the flight attendant if it would be ok if I use it .... If she says no... than I will definitely put it away and not even think about taking out....
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