Wireless devices harm aircraft: new study
March 2nd, 2006

A Carnegie-Mellon study finds that wireless devices are likely to harm the operation of airplane equipment.

Researchers concluded that such devices can disrupt the operation of cockpit instruments, including the Global Positioning System receivers that are becoming more common in helping to ensure safe landings.

Researchers noted that there is no definitive instance of an electronic device used by a passenger causing an accident. However, they said their data support the conclusion that use of devices like cell phones “will, in all likelihood, someday cause an accident by interfering with critical cockpit instruments such as GPS receivers.”

(via Slashdot)


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