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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    Anonymous Coward, 8 May 2012 @ 7:11am

    Re: Re: distraction

    While I agree with most of your points, if you're a regular air traveler it reaches the point where you can repeat the safety video verbatim as it plays. I no longer need to hang off of every word to know what to do.

    After I reached that point myself (50+ flights in less than a year), I now continue to listen to music on my iPod (and yes, my iPod is in airplane mode... all the time actually, it greatly extends the battery life).

    Having said that, I make sure to be buckled in with all loose objects secured, seat in proper position, my ipod volume level is low enough that I can hear cabin communication, etc etc. I would not trust most people's judgements though.

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