|Quoting Neilalp (Reply 11):|
I don't think you would get in BIG trouble. The FA most likely would ask you to turn it off.
Pre 9/11 I would agree with you whole heartedly -- likely: the FA
would request you discontinue use and if you didn't comply the police may or may not be waiting for you when you landed (and you may or may not land at the airport you had planned on landing at), depending on the mood of the FA
Post 9/11 with everyone so anxious about terrorists I think more than a few pax may consider it highly suspicious and possibly take matters in to their own hands if they saw someone trying to use a scanner -- especially after the "no radios or cellphones" annoucement during the safety briefing. The police would probably be waiting for you when you landed.
If you do choose to use it in flight (I strongly suggest that you not
), make sure you are extremely discrete about it, and of course use an earphone
. Best cause of action, especially if you're not sure if the carrier allows or disallows the use is just talk to the FA
when your boarding...worst they can say is "No", and this would make you a heck of a lot less suspicious.
As others have said, in general if you're told that you aren't alowed to do something on an airplane, there is probably a good reason for it (in this case interference with communication and navigation systems) and you probably shouldn't do it even if you don't get cought.
[Edited 2005-03-10 04:28:16]
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