[Fwd: Stewardess, why can't I lift my fork?]

Jay Thomas (jpthomas@ix.netcom.com)
Tue, 23 Dec 1997 13:34:24 -0500

Just an FYI to you glob-trotting FoRKers who use your laptops while
airborne. Not sure of the accuracy, but better fore-warned.

Nev Dull wrote:
> Forwarded-by: glen mccready <glen@qnx.com>
> Forwarded-by: Jeff Boerio <boerio@teleport.com>
> Forwarded-by: BILL_FRITZ@HP-USA-om21.om.hp.com
> Recently, two individuals were traveling to Belgium on Sabena Belgium
> World Airlines, which is affiliated with Delta Airlines. They were seated
> in row 6 of the plane where seats contain the tray tables in the armrest
> section of the seat. They setup their tray tables and proceeded to use
> their laptop computers. During the flight, both PCs began to experience
> problems, and soon they were unable to use their PCs The tray tables
> were magnetized, so that they will not make noise while stored in the
> armrests. The magnetized trays corrupted the hard drives of both laptops.
> The aircraft happened to be a "new" Airbus 340, which explains why this
> has not surfaced until now. The problem seems to be with a specific
> European aircraft seat manufacturer. US Airways, NorthWestern and United
> have no plans to utilize these magnetized trays in their new Airbus
> aircraft. Boeing and McDonnell Douglas also have no plans to use these
> magnetized trays in their new aircraft.

Jay Thomas		(w)617-576-4832		ICQ:5270335
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Uh, I think so, Brain, but we'll never get a monkey to use dental