Could A Laptop Bring Down An Airliner?

Some experts want tighter controls on in-flight use of electronic devices by passengers

In January, 1993, a passenger flight from Denver to Newark, N.J., was proceeding smoothly at cruise altitude when the aircraft's directional gyros abruptly stopped working. The pilot, moving quickly to avert a crisis, instructed a flight attendant to tell passengers that they must immediately turn off all radios, tape recorders, laptop computers, and video game players. She returned to tell the pilot that 25 passengers had been listening to a football game on their radios. One passenger had been using a laptop.

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