flyenthu
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IFE Safety

Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:05 pm

Hi,

I am new here, so go easy. I am a flying enthusiast, but also a somewhat nervous flyer- go figure! I usually fly on the ultra long hauls with Emirates or Singapore Airlines to Asia. I always notice the IFE screens are so hot and wonder about their safety. I was checking online for articles, and found an article that raised questions for me :

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money...2-electronics-fires-airlines_N.htm

So, how safe are the IFE systems? Do I need to stop being anxious? I fly to Dubai very soon on Emirates and want to enjoy their great ICE system instead of worrying.

Thank you for your response!
 
Tod
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RE: IFE Safety

Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:21 pm

On FAA approved installations, the mechanical system DER (Designated Engineering Representative) signing off on the seat/IFE display installation must find that there are adaquate cooling provisions for the seat mounted IFE equipement.

The EASA requirements are similar.

Typically some passive venting is all that is required.
 
flyenthu
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RE: IFE Safety

Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:50 pm

Does that mean Emirates will also have cooling provisions? Just wondering. They don't have to comply with FAA or EASA. Given that their ICE is highly acclaimed, you would think that they would also have highest safety features as well.
 
tdscanuck
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RE: IFE Safety

Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:10 pm

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 2):
Does that mean Emirates will also have cooling provisions? Just wondering.

If needed by their IFE manufacturer, they will be there.

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 2):
They don't have to comply with FAA or EASA.

Emirates does not, but Boeing and Airbus do, and Emirates is flying Boeing/Airbus stuff. In the particular case of UAE, they're going to be at least as strict as FAA/EASA anyway.

Quoting flyenthu (Reply 2):
Given that their ICE is highly acclaimed, you would think that they would also have highest safety features as well.

It all has to be certified...if it's not safe, you can't certify it.

Tom.

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