Canada Mike
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Question Re. UA Channel 9

Mon May 07, 2001 5:42 am

I was reading in the Trip Reports about plugging into channel 9 on UA aircraft right after the safety video; I was wondering about this as Air Canada will not let pax be using headsets during takeoff/landing, quoting safety regulations?!?!  Confused

Also, in case of an emergency, to the pilots switch off channel 9? (I hope so.)

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RE: Question Re. UA Channel 9

Mon May 07, 2001 6:02 am

When I fly UA, which is as much as possible, I listen to Channel 9 during the safety demonstration and during takeoff. However, Channel 9 is not playing when the F/A's are giving the demonstration because the intercom system is played through the headset. During an emergency or any other situation the pilots feel the passengers don't need to hear they turn off Channel 9. At least that's what a UA pilot told me at LAX.
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RE: Question Re. UA Channel 9

Mon May 07, 2001 9:59 am

I am a flight attendant for United so I'll give ya the lowdown. Ch 9 is available on all UA aircraft with the exception of the 737-200...they are the only eqipment in our fleet that are not equipped with an inflight entertainment system. Every other aircraft in our fleet (all 747-400s, 737-300/500, 727, 777, 757, 767-200/300/ A319, and A320) have headsets in each seat pocket. This is because we don't charge for movies anymore so every flight is an entertainment flight. CH 9 is at Captain's discretion though, so it may not be available on every flight. When you get on one of our planes, plug into the armrest with our headsets or your own (with the exception of coach class on the 727...they don't have electronic jacks...just the old pneumatic ones) and dial up CH 9. If you hear Rock music, the cockpit has it shut off. Just ask one of us if the Captain would turn it on. Sometimes they forget or leave it off until a passenger has requested it. Sometimes they tell us in our preflight briefing that it will not be available at all...some cockpit crews don't like their passengers to listen in. As far as emergencies go, a pilot told me that in the case of an inflight situation, turning off CH 9 is one of their items on the checklist...this was the case in 1989 with flight 232...the DC-10 that crashed in SUX. I hope this info has been helpful.
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RE: Question Re. UA Channel 9

Mon May 07, 2001 10:02 am

Thanks SouthRebels and Pecoua. Much appreciated.

Does anybody know why Transport Canada doesn't allow pax listening to headsets for takeoff/landing?

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RE: Question Re. UA Channel 9

Mon May 07, 2001 1:38 pm

Have to say that I love CH9, I only wish Ansett would do it. In Feb just after leaving SYD for SFO something happened with CH9 and we heard the flight attendent from 3 left (a row in front of me) telling the captain how she could hear air escaping from the door. Not exactly what you want to hear 15 mins into a 13hr flight! The captains response got cut off as a whole heap of passengers started telling her that they could hear her, but it was along the lines of 'she'll be right' and it was. Later the same trip heard a AA captain tell a Cessna about to land in Austin that he'd forgotten his gear. So I guess turning off Ch9 can get forgotten sometimes.

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