B6A322 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 293 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2979 times:
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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CALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4190 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2964 times:
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.
Macsog6 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 574 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2939 times:
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.
Sixty Plus Years of Flying! "I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things." - Saint Ex
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!)
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !