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Digital Camera Use On Takeoff/Landing  
User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5604 times:

Is the digital camera considered an 'electronic device' that is prohibited from use during takeoff/landing? I always follow the rules, but it's frustrating to not be able to take those types photos.


Thanks in advance,
Joe

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User currently offlineMD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1338 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5581 times:

Yes it is a prohibited electronic device.

User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1984 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5569 times:

On all the flights I have been on, I always take photos of take offs and landings. I've had flight attendents see me and not say a word. I don't know what the official word is, but I've never had a problem.


My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
User currently offlineRmm From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5565 times:

I think it depends on the airline. We recently exported an Ansett 737 to Rio Sul. Part of the contract was to uprate the engines from -B1's to B2's. Because no test cell run was carried out, Rio Sul asked Boeing how to accurately measure the EGT margin of the uprated engines. Boeing/CFMI's response - use a digital camera and take a snap shot of the engine instrument cluster 6 seconds after rotation on the test flight then forward the figures to them.

Rmm


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5521 times:

How about my electronic wristwatch??


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5488 times:

Now that we're on the topic...

I've always wondered about pacemakers as well. I mean, it's not like you can shut it off for take-off.



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineAstrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5446 times:

well, depends on the airline. Normally any electronic devices are authorized during take off and landing. I asked once an Air Berlin F/A and she told me only use it during cruise flight.

I see a lot of people don´t care an make photos and moovies during take off and landing. I did once, but don´t do it often because I don´t feel good using the camera after beeing told not to use it. Actually digital cameras are not dangerous (I think) it´s just a safety measure.


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5426 times:

Trickijedi,
I´ve always wondered the same thing!

Imagine a F/A walking up to a passenger and saying "Sir, could you please shut your pacemaker off for a couple of minutes now so that it doesn´t interfere with the flight deck instruments during takeoff?"  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineGOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5414 times:

I had the same question earlier this year when I flew GOT-CPH. Excellent weather so I wanted pics of the terminal at GOT, so I simply asked the pilot if I could use my digital camera during take-off and he said that it was ok. Though I will ask next time too when I want to use my camera during t/o, this allowance might not apply to every aircraft/airline/flightcrew and so on.
Ask before and hopefully you get a positive answer  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

GOT




Just like birdwatching - without having to be so damned quiet!
User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5404 times:

Should be fine technically. Although they can ask you not to use it. Only devices that put out signals eg Phones and Transmitters can cause problems.

The main reason for barring everything else is safety. If you have a CD player on you may not hear an emergency announcement and if using a laptop or game machine this could slow down your or other passengers exit times during an emergency.

If in doubt make sure they don't notice its a digital camera....bit of tape accross the LCD!



User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

Gordon:

All electronic devices give off EM signals. You can measure a clock radio from across the room with an accurate compass. My home computer causes my old-style barometer to fluctuate, sometimes wildly, because of the magnetic interference it gives off.

There are devices that carry an internal sheild against electro-magnetic radiation. They will be clearly marked. These are the only devices permitted on a US aircraft, aside from those necessary for life such as a pacemaker, to operate during takeoff and landing.

The reason they do not want such devices on during t/o or landing is your safety. If the a/c compass is being altered by EM interference; if radio signals are not being heard because someone's cell-phone is blocking them; if radio-direction finding equipment becomes useless due to the interference from the collected devices of 100 passengers, then your safety as a passenger (and, by the way, as a human being anywhere in the world) is in jeopardy.

As for pacemakers, etc, they can't ask for those to be shut off, true. So it's that much more important that other passengers not use their cameras, comcorders, computers, and cell phones when it is not authorized. The cumulative effect could overwhelm the aircraft.



Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5350 times:

Elwood64151,
Could you please tell me how devices that carry an internal shield against radiation are marked.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5340 times:

Yeah, what's gonna happen!? You're gonna take a picture with you digital camera, and all of a sudden the aircraft blows up!?

Continental


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5338 times:

ok:

On Monarch, using my digital camera is ok.
On Air 2000, using my digital camera will crash the plane.
On Kenya Airways, Mobile phone use is encouraged.
On BA, using my digital camera is ok.
On Airtours, using my digital camera will cause me and my fellow travelling compatriots to spontaniously combust.

etc Big grin


User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5303 times:

Aight Continental, smartass. Just trying to ask a legitimate question here. Thanks to those with helpful answers.

User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5293 times:

Well, there's only one way to find out...  Innocent

User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5066 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5206 times:

You mean using a camera at times like this?

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I used my digital camera for dozens of shots during the takeoffs/landings of my Southwest flight and never had a problem.

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Happy Shooting~!

bruce



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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5176 times:

Yep, like those. Nice shots by the way.

User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

One day you may never come back!

Great Shots though


User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5155 times:

It is true that some electronic and digital equipment could possibly affect some of the aircraft equipment of up-do-date modern airliners...
xxx
But we are dealing with an age of "overstandization" - hiring cabin staff which could confuse a A-340 with a DC-3 as far as which cabin PA briefing is applicable, and applicable restriction to the aircraft type -
xxx
So, to "overstandize", it is now customary to require flight attendants to ban the use of all such equipment during takeoff and landing, and often for the entire flight - this they do regardless of type of aircraft type...
xxx
Global International Scareways probably has a single standardised cabin boarding PA for their A-321s and Ford Turbo-Trimotors... I hope they standardize their PA for choice of "salted" and "non-salted" peanuts as well...
xxx
(s) Skipper  Wink/being sarcastic

(a pilot who absolutely hates - with passion - to fly as a passenger)


User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

And I even have fat fingers as an excuse -
o v e r s t a n d a r d i z a t i o n -
my 13 years old boy told me "Papi, what's that word?"
(s) Skipper


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