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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    Dave, 8 May 2012 @ 6:41am

    distraction

    As a pilot, I know there are MANY reasons the devices are banned from use during takeoffs and landings. Passenger distraction is the #1 reason, then safety. Passengers need to listen and be aware of what is going on around them. They also need to hear emergency announcements and instructions from the pilot and crew. You can do without your toys for the first ten minutes of the flight and the last ten minutes. These objects are also a serious danger, no matter how small, if they are flying around the cabin. You've all seen video of people getting launched out of their seats and getting slammed into the cabin ceiling then back to the floor. Small objects can seriously injure someone. I'm sick and tired of the me me me attitude people have these days. You do not have a right to do whatever you want wherever you want. There are still rules and laws in the world. Grow up and think about the overall picture not just your momentary selfish needs. That third star on Angry Birds can wait.

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