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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    Jeremy, 8 May 2012 @ 7:39am

    Re: Re: Re:

    As an aside, the last few times I flew (Last week), I had my kindle out during takeoff. Without fail, the attendants asked me to "turn off" my kindle touch. My kindle touch is a PASSIVE display that uses no power whatsoever to keep text on the screen. Turning it "off" actually uses more power than simply reading a page. On at least two of my flights last week, the guy next to me was reading a paper book, and she said nothing to the guy.

    If it's about distraction, then why the hell does the guy next to me get to read his non-electronic book when I'm asked to turn something "off" that essentially is never "on" ?? The answer is it isn't about distraction. If it were about distraction the safety briefing would ask passengers to remain aware and alert during takeoff and landing, to keep the window shades up, etc... They don't ask this (though I do recall them asking to keep the shades up during taxiing before, but not lately).

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