“Boeing says WiFi affecting cockpit display”

Published: March. 10, 2011 at 5:21 PM

SEATTLE, March 10 (UPI) — In-flight WiFi and cellphone services being offered by a growing number of airlines can interfere with flight-critical electronics, Boeing says.

The manufacturer says that while testing in-flight WiFi equipment for use on its next generation 737 twin-engine airliner, it discovered that a certain type of new, brighter cockpit display could go blank when an in-flight wireless system was used nearby, NewScientist.com reported Thursday.

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The concluding comments aren’t very reassuring to phone and laptop owners. You would think consumer equipment must perform to specifications:

While the interference occurred at WiFi signal levels higher than usually emitted by phones and laptops, Boeing says, it is quite possible for consumer equipment not to perform to specification and kick out too much power, so it was taking no chances.

If the prediction in the comments section is accurate about increased heart attacks during flights the real question is – will airlines start carrying defibrillators on board or stop offering Wi-Fi?
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