[RFI] Fw: cell phone interference on airplanes

Ed -K0iL eedwards at tconl.com
Wed Mar 1 23:02:31 EST 2006

On the three docu-dramas/documentaries I've seen (History Channel, A&E
Network, and Discovery Channel) showed at least two passengers who used
their cell phones at various times: Tom Burnett and Mark Bingham.  Tom's
wife and Mark's mother both mentioned talking to them on their cell phones.
Although one program shows Mark's initial call was on the GTE phone while
the other shows him on a cell phone.  So there is some conflicting info.

There were one or two others shown using or trying to use cell phones as
well.  And the GTE phones were also shown being used at different times by
various passengers, but according to one of the programs, only 8 GTE phones
could be used at a time so many of the others tried to use their cell

So there are, in fact, accounts of cell phones being used confirmed by
relatives of the victims.  They apparently worked intermittantly so the GTE
calls were the longer calls like that Todd Beamer had with Ms. Jefferson.

 -de ed K0iL

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim P

GTE Verizon that morning reports that **23 calls** were made from Flight 93
that morning via their Airfones. Not ONE news account or interview of those
personally involved told stories on TV and elsewhere that indicated 'cell
phones' were used. I could verify *no* accounts that morning or afterward
where a terrestially-based 'cellular'
phone was used. Not one.

Jim P // WB5WPA //

----- Original Message -----
From: <W3DMB>
> Which means if all those cell phones on Flight 93 had been off - the USA
> would now be missing the US capitol building (and many members of
> Jerry
> In a message dated 3/1/06 12:06:38 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> n0rq writes:
> I hadn't  seen this mentioned, and thought it interesting...
> Carnegie Mellon  engineers have found that cell phones and
> other devices on an airplane can  indeed cause interference
> to the operation of the plane.  Details  at
> http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06060/662669.stm

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