FAA Warns Guy Who Filmed Birds Striking Plane Engine

from the seems-sort-of-besides-the-point dept

You may recall a few weeks back that a Delta 757 leaving JFK on its way to LAX hit some birds on takeoff, damaging an engine, and requiring a quick turnaround back to JFK. The story got more interesting when it was revealed that one of the passengers on board just happened to be recording video out the window as the birds hit:

Of course, then the story went from interesting to silly, when the FAA decided that this YouTube video was evidence of wrongdoing and that it needed to "do something." At least they decided that the extent of "doing something" would be to just send the passenger a warning letter, telling him that he was supposed to have all electronic devices turned off during takeoff, and that the letter would be the extent of their actions (though they mention that they could take legal action). The letter does say that it will remain on file for two years, after which it will be dumped.

The passenger, Grant Cardone, points out that this is all pretty ridiculous:
"To think that a device, a telephone or this iPad can take down a plane is ridiculous, because figure 90% of all people in America now have an iPhone on them," Cardone said. "Nineteen percent of all people have a tablet of some sort. If only 10% of passengers on that plane had their device in the on position, thousands of planes would fall out of the sky every day."

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), 8 May 2012 @ 6:07am

    I once flew with Iberia

    and got told off for holding my Ebook reader in my hands (it's an older model that doesn't even have niceties like Wifi or other networking).

    Next to me was a couple entertaining their (sick) baby with a DVD player, on the other side of the aisle a guy was talking on his phone, we were still standing still on the tarmac (and would remain so for about 1.5 hours), but I, and I alone, got told off "Sir, you mustn't use electronic devices until after we've taken off".

    Lesson: The stewards and stewardesses have some weird ideas what constitutes an electronic device, and which might cause some interference. And besides the whole "you mustn't use electronic devices" is plain bullshit.

    Why would it be bad on the ground, but be perfectly okay during the flight?!

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