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Can They Really Tell If All Electronics Is Off?  
User currently offlineB6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

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I heard a rather interesting announcement today while onboard AA 1786. A few minutes after the "all electronics must be switched off" announcement, a different FA made an announcement stating the flight deck had informed them that not all electronic devices had been switched off and "if you haven't already done so, please do so now, it really matters." and wouldn't you know it, about 5 seconds later, I heard someone switch off their cell phone. But I'm wondering, was this just a coincidence or can they actually tell? I doubt they can, especially considering we were flying on an ages old S80, but it still had me wondering.


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User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3969 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 2353 times:
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no, they can't tell that. More or less just a FA pretending to make a big deal out of the situation or playing a joke. If it was such a big deal, my FA friends wouldn't be texting me while they are taxiing to the runway.


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User currently offlineMacsog6 From Singapore, joined Jan 2010, 531 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 2328 times:
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There are detectors available that can detect if an instrument is on, but I do not think AA has them installed. I suspect some clever FA came up with a way to get those oh so important people to whom the rules do not apply to turn their phones off.


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User currently offlineB6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting CALMSP (Reply 1):

That's what I was thinking, because how can you REALLY tell? You can't.



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User currently offlinemandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6858 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Quoting CALMSP (Reply 1):
no, they can't tell that.

Interference comes in various forms, and it depends on what is the source and where it is located. If a cellphone brand & type X is on seat 12A can interfere, cellphone brand Y might not... but, Y might be able to do it from seat 10C where X can't interfere...

When you hear those cellphone interference on the headset... it's not the F/A that can tell someone's phone is still on... it's the pilots... and usually when someone has it on silent and receives/makes a call...   

Most of the time, no one can tell, but sometimes, they can... (but it won't be the FA!)



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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

BEEP BE BEEP BE BEEP BE BEEEEEP in the headset....

The classic sign of a mobile phone about to ring, or maybe one in user. You can hear the interference in speakers or headphones.


User currently offlinesmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 4):
Most of the time, no one can tell, but sometimes, they can... (but it won't be the FA!)
Quoting B6A322 (Thread starter):
a different FA made an announcement stating the flight deck had informed them that not all electronic devices had been switched off

Pretty sure it was suggested by the OP that the FA said flight deck...



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5043 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

What in the world did these people do before cell phones became widely used?


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User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

I had this happen to me on an AS flight. Flight attendants announced about 3 or 4 times that all electronic devices must be turned off and that we weren't going to leave the gate until they were.

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