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Using a PSP/DS on a plane?

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What are HUKD members experiences when using a PSP or DS on an aeroplane? I bought a PSP out in the States a couple of years ago and enjoyed playing it most of of the way back to England. Last week … Read More
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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
What are HUKD members experiences when using a PSP or DS on an aeroplane?

I bought a PSP out in the States a couple of years ago and enjoyed playing it most of of the way back to England. Last week though I went to Prague, and on the return flight there was a 'switched on' flight attendant (who's rants over the Tannoy about BMI Baby were actually quite amusing) marching around forcing people to turn off their portable consoles.

I understand the argument that WiFi should not be used, nor to use them during take off or landing - but to not play on them at all?

I hadn't actually taken my PSP or DS with me on this particular trip, but there were several people onboard that were clearly cheesed off that they now had nothing to do.
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9y, 10m agoPosted 9 years, 10 months ago
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#1
I think each carrier has different rules to do with electronics
#2
Sony ericsson phones have a "flight mode" which turns off all incomming and outgoing signals, so you can still use it as a media player, games console or organiser, aparently they arent even allowed to be in flight mode on flights either. (according to the thomas cook website anyway).

I believe all electronic equipment has to be switched off so that the ultra small EMF omitted doesnt interfere with the nav software (if you believe that you'll believe anything - its so you have to listen to **** radio through £5 headphones supplied by them)
#3
All electronic equipment can be used on a plane except for take offs & landings. Certain operators could ban them altogether though...
#4
ChrisUK
All electronic equipment can be used on a plane except for take offs & landings. Certain operators could ban them altogether though...


I have a hand held GPSr that I use on fights and have always asked the cabin crew if could I use it (they just think it's a mobile phone).

It is always at the Captains discretion whether electrical items are permitted or not. Of course take offs and landing are a big no no. :)
#5
Its perfectly safe to use electronic devices on a plane - but the restrictions in place should be adhered to. Mobile phones emit tiny signals every couple of minutes - as said above sony ericsson phones have flight mode so they're OK. With regards to DS's & PSP's, they're fine. Although you need to make sure their wireless systems are turned off, otherwise they can affect the navigational systems onboard. Game boy's are OK though, since their link is through infrared i think. I use a camera during takeoff, never been told off (well i ask permission first :oops:) Ive seen people using phones during takeoff, it amazes me.
#6
If I'd taken my WiFi enabled laptop with me and sat there looking like a swish ******* playing Command & Conquer 3 on the plane I bet he wouldn't have intervened.

I remember when I took my iRiver jukebox on a plane and it had video capability (well before iPods) and the sexy young attendant couldn't understand that I wasn't watching a TV broadcast!
#7
Dad has used PSP numerous times without problem
[mod]#8
Personally i'd be happy to sit there in total boredom if it meant i'd definately got there in one piece. :-D
#9
I used my PSP on flights to/from Portugal...

Only after the seatbelt sign wasn't on though (take off/landing). No-one bothered and I was in the aisle seat, so it was plain as day.
#10
Dont people watch mythbusters they did this on tv and found out that NO electronic devices like mobiles , psp etc can interfear with the plane....

its like that u cant use phones wen your at petol station its all BULL people
#11
pavilion
Dont people watch mythbusters they did this on tv and found out that NO electronic devices like mobiles , psp etc can interfear with the plane....

its like that u cant use phones wen your at petol station its all BULL people



I've been told the real reason is that it can mess the transactions up.
#12
Used my PSP no problem as well.

Last flight was Thomas Cook to the Canaries and they didnt bother either.
Thier video at the start said no phones, even ones with flight-mode, was a bit weird.
They specifically said games consoles are fine, as long as the Wi-fi button is off.

Most just dont like you taking your own entertainment, and want you paying for their ****** earphones.
#13
Never had any issue using electronic devices on a plane (laptop, Archos, PSP/DS etc.) aside from during take off/landing.

As for no phones even with flight mode it's understandable to be honest - if they did allow phones with flight mode, the flight attendants would have to know what flight mode actually looked like on each phone and be able to check any radio (GSM/BT etc.) was actually disabled. Realistically they're not going to be to be able to do this hence not allowing them at all.

John
#14
If i could get radio at 33000 feet id be happy :lol:
#15
its all for safty and some airlines see it defferently to others, the reason why you cant use anything during take off and landing is so if its a rough ride then they wont want psp's flying around all over the plane, thats why all seats have to be in an upright position so people can enter the brace position easily and all window blinds are open during take off and landing so people can see outside incase of an emergency, any equipment that interferes with radio equipment are a no no throughout the whole flight. Laptops are allowed to be used on planes but mouses arent because of the fear that it will dangle around and incase of an emergency people will trip up on them.
Thats why all airlines have different rules
#16
"the reason why you cant use anything during take off and landing is so if its a rough ride then they wont want psp's flying around all over the plane"

Im pretty sure its beacuse at that point the Captain has manual control, even if the TOGA has been enabled. Any sort of electrical wave that interrupts the aircraft's sytems could cause anything to happen - landing could cause the gears to lock (its happened before) and on take off some sort of engine malfunction could ocurr etc.
[mod]#17
pavilion


its like that u cant use phones wen your at petol station its all BULL people


Not strictly true. Any electronic device can cause a spark for a variety of reasons. Spark + Petrol = Bang.
#18
pavilion
Dont people watch mythbusters they did this on tv and found out that NO electronic devices like mobiles , psp etc can interfear with the plane....

its like that u cant use phones wen your at petol station its all BULL people


Dont believe everything you see on tv, i am training to be a pilot and once i forgot to turn off my phone and i could hear my phone signal being broadcasted loud and clear through my headphones. Has anybody ever had their phones next to some speakers and as you recieve a call or a text it starts making interference noise? theres proof it does interfere with it.
#19
Syzable
Not strictly true. Any electronic device can cause a spark for a variety of reasons. Spark + Petrol = Bang.


Where'd you get petrol on a plane? :?
#20
kk_cheung
i am training to be a pilot


Not at sheffield city?
#21
no but i am considering switching there as it can run at night aswell so i wont need 2 switch flying clubs when i want to take a night rating. and i think that sheffield city doesnt charge a membership fee, but i might be wrong
#22
emasu
Where'd you get petrol on a plane? :?


it was from the earlier petrol station message
#23
kk_cheung
no but i am considering switching there as it can run at night aswell so i wont need 2 switch flying clubs when i want to take a night rating. and i think that sheffield city doesnt charge a membership fee, but i might be wrong


When's it being reduced in size? I think its next year or 2009?
#24
i have absolutly no idea, there had been talks to turn it into a business park for years but i have absolutly no idea when or if it will. but its currently small enough as it is they are now only permitting single engined aircraft to fly there and the runway is very small considering the fact that it once played host to airbus a330's.
#25
kk_cheung
i have absolutly no idea, there had been talks to turn it into a business park for years but i have absolutly no idea when or if it will. but its currently small enough as it is they are now only permitting single engined aircraft to fly there and the runway is very small considering the fact that it once played host to airbus a330's.


I know theyve got permission to turn some of the airfield into a business park.. i wonder what the reaction of south yorks police being like at the end of the field :o
[mod]#26
emasu
Where'd you get petrol on a plane? :?


Read back to the original post i quoted nobby. :p
#27
Syzable
Read back to the original post i quoted nobby. :p


Be quiet :p
#28
i used my psp all the way from san fransico to heathrow all i did is turn off the wifi switch

ds im not sure as i dunno if you can turn the wifi off
#29
kk_cheung
Dont believe everything you see on tv, i am training to be a pilot and once i forgot to turn off my phone and i could hear my phone signal being broadcasted loud and clear through my headphones. Has anybody ever had their phones next to some speakers and as you recieve a call or a text it starts making interference noise? theres proof it does interfere with it.


In the program they were testing for interference on the plane's control systems and they were doing it from the main passenger area - slightly more scientific than your testing which to be honest is fairly laughable when you're using it as a basis to criticise a program's testing methodology. Their conclusion was that although they were unable to disupt the aircraft at all (even when producing signals several hundred times stronger than any phone could produce) it was not practical to test all combinations of aircraft equipment and mobile phone equipment hence the sensible approach was to simply not allow them, they did not in any way suggest the legislation was pointless and that you should be able to use these devices on airplanes.

John
#30
stora
I've been told the real reason is that it can mess the transactions up.


That real people full of bull ....

A phone on a gsm gives out 2w ..... you need at 4 to 5w to up set the avionics equipment its been proven

However, later, evidences that cell phones interfere with airplane equipment were appeared. Such companies as Delta, United and Continental proclaimed that sometimes mobile phones really interfere with compasses and even cabin pressure. Specialist in equipment negatively took this announcement and in 1996 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration asked nonprofit organization to research this problem. As a result of their study was an article, where the specialists said that cell phones didn't operate on airplane systems. They also confirmed that all the bans shouldn't be repealed because theoretically such interference could take place. Similar tests were made by airplane manufacturers (Boeing Co.and Airbus Industrie) and the results were also negative. The absence of evidences allows many countries not to restrict passengers to use mobile phones onboard.
#31
pavilion
A phone on a gsm gives out 2w ..... you need at 4 to 5w to up set the avionics equipment its been proven


So how about another 5 people using a phone or electronic device at the same time?
#32
Wen mythbusters do this on tv they used 4 phones at the same time and it did fook all m8. what about the phone masts they pump alot more they 2w and you get plane flying over them but you DONT see the crashing do you...

The ban cum in 1991 just as the moblie phones was at its peak. it cums down to make money.

part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsD5uas2wYY

Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEPGR0dgsqI
#33
Iom-RF
So how about another 5 people using a phone or electronic device at the same time?


The test simulated frequencies several thousand times higher than one mobile phone hence for similar levels from mobile phones it would need several hundred people using mobile phones at the same time.

John
#34
Flew with Monarch, any handheld game consoles or mp3 players (ipods too) had to be turned off during take off and landing. I had mine on and they didn't say anything.

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