[Former Test Pilot and Founder of AirSafe.com] Reportedly, there have been separate incidents of two pilots fainting while in flight, apparently on aircraft with wi-fi installations. This could be a huge red flag. That sort of event in the air, with individual pilots being incapacitated, isn't consistently reported in the US because there is no clear legal or regulatory requirement to do so. [Cardiologist Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C.] We know that the heart is sensitive to, and can be adversely affected by, the same frequency used for WiFi (2.4 GHz) at levels a fraction of federal guidelines (less than 1%). I would like to see tests on pilots for potential cardiac and cognitive effects.. Not only does low-level RF radiation interfere with the proper functioning of the human body, avionics systems are not immune, either. For example, an aircraft wireless terminal was found to interfere with a ground base station even from a distance of 286 km (Moraitis 2010). In a worst case scenario, Honeywell display units on a Boeing 737NG went blank during EMI certification testing of Wi-Fi systems (Boeing 2011). Since aircrafts are metal enclosures, any wireless transmitter such as Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and Smart phones as well as Wi-Fi access points operating on the inside will cause an exponential increase in RF radiation exposure.
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