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Scanners....Are They That Bad?

Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:21 pm

This is not a trip report  Laugh out loud

A few weeks ago, I was traveling from Lyncburg to Atlanta on an EMB-120 (ASA) and I had my scanner with me. I listened to the Pilots chat with the tower and contact Washington Center and all that stuff. Anyways, I had me scanner on all the way till we were over Clemson University. It was at that point that the flight attendent realized I had my scanner on and was listening to it.

She made me turn it off and told me to put it away. The Flight had gone smoothly. I had checked the Sky Magazine to see that electronic devices that transmit such as a cell phones, were prohibited. But a Scanner???? For crying out loud, its a scanner, it only recieves!

Is a scanner a hazard to Flight operations? Or did the antena and radio style body of the scanner cause the flight attendent to immediatly consider it a hazardous electronic device? Whats the deal?

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jhooper
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RE: Scanners....Are They That Bad?

Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:42 pm

I don't have a "Sky Magazine" handy, but I thought I remember reading that all radios (including AM/FM Walkmans and scanners) are prohibited on Delta. While a scanner probably wouldn't do any more harm than a Walkman or laptop computer, the FA will probably not let you use anything with an antenna since she would have to take your word that it wouldn't transmit (and she probably isn't going to do that).
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RE: Scanners....Are They That Bad?

Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:43 pm

TVs and radios are banned by most airlines, and they don't transmit. Since a scanner is a form of radio, it's certainly within the flight attendant's jurisdiction to ask you to turn it off.

I used to have a scanner and I tried listening to it onboard aircraft before, but was never able to get any reception. I gave up trying before any flight attendants said anything, but I was discrete in how I placed it so as not to draw attention to it.
 
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RE: Scanners....Are They That Bad?

Fri Mar 28, 2003 1:49 pm

A few years back I would take my handheld radio with a built in GPS and just use the GPS side of the unit. I would plug in the external antenna and affix it to the window to keep track of our position. I'd always be careful to turn it off if we were in IMC just in case, but I don't do this anymore. I think it would just scare too many people.
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RE: Scanners....Are They That Bad?

Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:08 pm

>>>my handheld radio with a built in GPS

Can you email me and tell me about yours, pros and cons, etc? I'm in the market for one... Thanks...
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RE: Scanners....Are They That Bad?

Fri Mar 28, 2003 2:21 pm

Let me add a little bit more for the Pilots who view this thread...


If a scanner (or rather, an Item that transmit) is that bad, what does it do to you up in the cockpit? Screw up your GPS??  Insane


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