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GPS Handhelds Allowed On Board During Flight?  
User currently offlineHaggis79 From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 1096 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4691 times:

Hi everyone,

first of all, greetings from Germany from a freshly created member  Smile As this is my first post on a.net please don't bash me too hard if I chose the wrong forum to post in etc.  Wink

I am going to fly from Nuremberg, Germany to Salt Lake City on Air France and Delta next week, and as I'm also a amateur yachtsman I own a GPS handheld. So I was wondering, if it would be ok to use this device on the inner-Europe and inner-US flights (basically when there's no IFE which provides this information) to keep track of where we are (kindly asking the crew before, of course). Do you think that would be all right or am I in danger of being treated as a terrorist suspect for just asking?

Thanks for your thoughts,
Harald


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User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3604 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4691 times:

Quoting Haggis79 (Thread starter):
Do you think that would be all right or am I in danger of being treated as a terrorist suspect for just asking?

You should be alright, be reasonably discreet about it is what I would suggest.



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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4583 times:

Welcome to A.net! Most they can do is say no, but it's probably fine as long as it doesn't have a transmitting function and is put away when they ask you not to use electronic devices.


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4531 times:

Haggis79,

I think you chose the right forum to post in, however there have been threads in the past covering this topic. The best resource I can suggest to you is this page:
http://gpsinformation.net/airgps/airgps.htm

I am a GPS nut and always have it on when I am flying on an airline that allows it (when above 10000 ft). However, when the flight attendant comes near me, I'll admit I usually hide the GPS between the window glass and my shoulder  Smile


User currently offlineJAFA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4392 times:

At NWA GPS' are allowed above 10,000 feet just like ay other electronic device. I have only seen about 3 people using them on all the flights I work.

User currently offlineAirMailer From United States of America, joined May 2006, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4384 times:

Quoting Haggis79 (Thread starter):
I own a GPS handheld. So I was wondering, if it would be ok to use this device on the inner-Europe and inner-US flights

Welcome to A.Net

I was on several flights a couple of weeks ago and I can't remember if it was FL or DL but one of them the F/A making the announcements specifically included GPS devices as one of the item banned during the duration of the flight.

(So just don't let them see you with it.)


User currently offlineAmazonphil From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

Quoting AirMailer (Reply 5):
Quoting Haggis79 (Thread starter):
I own a GPS handheld. So I was wondering, if it would be ok to use this device on the inner-Europe and inner-US flights

Welcome to A.Net

I was on several flights a couple of weeks ago and I can't remember if it was FL or DL but one of them the F/A making the announcements specifically included GPS devices as one of the item banned during the duration of the flight.

(So just don't let them see you with it.)

When I fly Continental, the on board magazine states that GPS may be used above 10K ft. Not a problem anymore, if a flight attendant says that they are not legal, he/she doesn't know what they are talking about.

regards,
amazonphil



If it ain't Boeing, I ain't goeing!
User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

The idea that the local oscillator of a GPS receiver could interfere with the aircraft transcends absurd. It is several orders of magnitude weaker than the transmission strength of a cell phone when no call is active. Since every flight in the world has at least one cell phone onboard that is switched on and none have ever caused a serious incident, the chances of a GPS receiver causing a problem are about the same as your chances of measuring the speed of a subatomic particle with your naked eye. Just be discreet, because most FAs don't understand E&M.

User currently offlineDBCooper From Brazil, joined Jun 2004, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4281 times:

I have used mine on AA with no issues...although I have not used it recently.


- DBC


User currently offlineVHXLR8 From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 500 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4276 times:

The use of GPS devices onboard would vary from country to country i'm sure.
In Australia, it is allowed, but this is a very new development; so F/As may still ask you to switch them off, if this is the case, you must comply with their instructions regardless.


User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4191 times:

Quoting AirMailer (Reply 5):
(So just don't let them see you with it.)

I really hate that sentiment. If they say it's banned, don't freaking use it, because disobeying crew instructions is breaking the law. They could say picking your nose is banned. Obviously picking your nose won't cause the plane to fall out of the sky, but if they ban it and you do it, you're breaking the law.


User currently offlineHaggis79 From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 1096 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4187 times:

Quoting Chase (Reply 10):
They could say picking your nose is banned. Obviously picking your nose won't cause the plane to fall out of the sky, but if they ban it and you do it, you're breaking the law.

not too sure about the picking your nose thing, but apart from that I fully agree with you, I certainly won't use a GPS onboard without approval of the crew. I think I'll just give it a try - thanks for your thoughts everyone!



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