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Pilots Get To Hear Screaming Babies Too

Tue May 20, 2003 4:16 pm

According to this CNN article....pilots get to listen to screaming babies just as much as us in Y class  Smile

LONDON, England (Reuters) --Instead of landing instructions, aircraft approaching Britain's Luton airport heard the squealing of tiny infant Freya Spratley broadcast over their radios.

Authorities worked 12 hours to track the frequency and determined that a baby monitor at mother Lisa Spratley's house, located near the airport, was broadcasting her baby's cries to the cockpits of approaching planes, the BBC reported on Monday.

"It was like something out of the Ghostbusters. They came down the path and stopped me and said we'd like to check something inside the house," Lisa Spratley told the station.

"They said they were working on behalf of Luton airport traffic control. They'd been asked to sort out interference they'd been receiving on the airwaves and had tracked it down to our address."

The BBC said there was no threat to safety: pilots who heard the infant Freya instead of air traffic control were able to switch to a different frequency.

The company that made the baby monitor supplied the Spratleys with a new one.

And little Freya seemed to have little idea of the commotion she had caused.


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RE: Pilots Get To Hear Screaming Babies Too

Tue May 20, 2003 7:47 pm

I wonder whether they are still filming that "airline" series with Easyjet at Luton.... would make for an interesting episode!
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RE: Pilots Get To Hear Screaming Babies Too

Tue May 20, 2003 9:55 pm

A baby crying, that has to be the worst sound in the world, ahhhhhh! Speaking of babies crying!
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RE: Pilots Get To Hear Screaming Babies Too

Tue May 20, 2003 10:06 pm

Funny story.

Maybe the little girl has a future traffic controller and that was her first try  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Pilots Get To Hear Screaming Babies Too

Tue May 20, 2003 11:08 pm

and they didn't even get free tickets? would be a perfect marketing opportunity: "desperate baby contacts pilots directly"
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RE: Pilots Get To Hear Screaming Babies Too

Tue May 20, 2003 11:20 pm

Amusing story, what I don't understand is how a baby listening device, which have a transmit range of about 100m, could be transmitting ATIS to aircraft at least 2,000m above?  Confused

Must have been a super-powerful transmitter on this partiular device!!
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