Tethering on Airplane

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  1. kilo

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    Am I right in assuming one would not be allowed to USB tether a phone to a laptop to receive internet while on a flight? This would essentially be the same as talking on the phone during flight and is prohibited right? Just wondering as I just got tethering working and it would be nice to have internet during flights, a google search yielded NO relevant results so either I am stupid or no one has thought to try this yet?

    I am skeptical as to how much 'interference' a cell phone signal really causes to airplane instruments. Would they really be dumb enough to have anything operating on the same frequencies as cell phones? My dad is a aircraft mechanic for USairways, I will ask him today and find out. Any thoughts folks?
     
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    Uhm. How exactly are you going to get a connection at 37,000 feet?
     
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    ive been on several flights and would turn my phone on for a few seconds to check messages and have never had an issue getting signal.
     
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    I am pretty sure that the radio waves coming from a cell tower are omni-diractional, so they go in every direction, including up.

    I mean, come on, how do you think the aliens monitor us?
     
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    And the distance limit of a CDMA tower is?
     
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    because they live next to us. :icon_ poke:
     
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    up to 10 miles on land with minimal interference and there have been reports of up to 20 miles with direct line of sight.
     
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    You mean with no hills, trees, and billboards in the way? Probably pretty far. 37K ft? don't know.

    ETA: Garrett jumped in while I was typing. I was answering SLEEVE
     
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    I'll give it a try the next time I fly, which will be the middle of next month. It it works, I'll be as discrete as possible (until it causes the plane to go down).
     
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    Not too bright of an idea....There are reasons there are rules about no transmitting from an aircraft inflight.....
     
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    Maybe. That used to be the rule in Hospitals too, but that changed.

    I would think that the electronics of a plane are more stable than that. Otherwise, why they be trying to sneak bombs on board. Just bring a cellphone and text yourself all the way to Allah.




    Crashing Planes? Yeah, there's an app for that.
     
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    I guess I needed to type out that I'm joking.
     
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