You actually answered it in your question.
The system you're describing may really be cool, but has great potential for trouble.
Imagine: this nervous, afraid-to-fly passenger actually checks the system to make sure the captain has set the correct flap settings. Within seconds the passenger starts yelling "we're all gonna die!!!" causing chaos in the cabin. Why? Because he did not approve the captain's actions, and made himself believe he knows better.
As much as I'd personally like to know everything when I'm flying, let's let the professionals do what they're best at. I'll sit back, relax, and settle for the "Airshow"...
Yea, I agree. As cool as it would be to be able to check out all that stuff; it would probobly just cause unfourtunate passenger dissarrest.
does this channel 9 work on all airlines? Have I been missing out on this for years?!?!
Nope, unfourtuantly the only US carrier (that I know of) that does this is UA
. And, as previously stated, it is up to the captian whether to turn it on or off.
Unfortunetaly for us, a link allowing us to see data, would also open up possibilities for someone to hack into the plane's systems.....data pipes unfortunetaly go both ways...
Yikes! I don't think those kind of systems are meant to be hacked though, as previously stated.
...All the UA
flights I've been on recently had it on....
Yea, it's usually the same here. Since captians are always trained pros they figure they have nothing too loose. I've never been on one UA
flight where they didn't have the ATC Ch9 or > or at least that I can remember of.
Does anyone know what international airlines offer this 'listen into atc' service/program?