- "Today, American Airlines and QUALCOMM showcased
their strength as technology pioneers and market leaders in their respective
industries," said Dan Garton, executive vice president of marketing
for American Airlines. "American is committed to researching and providing
innovative, cutting-edge products and services that enhance our passengers'
traveling experience and give our customers what they value. Even though
commercial availability of cell phone use in flight is approximately 24
months away, American Airlines knows that our customers want to stay connected
and this proof-of-concept event is an important step in bringing in-cabin
wireless services to our customers."
- American Airlines and QUALCOMM Complete
- Test Flight to Evaluate In-Cabin Mobile Phone Use
- FORT WORTH, Texas and SAN DIEGO - July 15, 2004 -
- The Strange Case Of The 911 Cell Phone Calls
- September 2004
- Last month, Qualcomm Corporation issued a press release
stating that they had developed a new technology that would finally make
it possible to make cellular phone calls from commercial airliners. Using
a technology called "Pico Cells", the system will work as a link
between the airliner and ground towers. According to the press release,
it is currently impossible to connect by cell phone in a plane that is
above 4,000 feet.
- During the Republican National Convention in New York
City last month, Deena Burnett, widow of Flight 93 victim Tom Burnett,
spoke of the four telephone calls she received from her husband aboard
the doomed airliner on September 11th, all of which were received from
his cell phone, one of which lasted 13 minutes.
- With the FAA statement that Flight 93 never went below
29,000 feet until its' sudden fatal plunge, these two stories seem to be
mutually exclusive. Either it is possible to make cell phone calls from
a commercial jetliner in flight at cruising altitude - or it isn't.
- If it is already possible to use a cell phone on a plane,
why is Qualcomm so excited about their Pico chip? If it is not possible
to do so, there's an even bigger problem.
- Because there are no survivors of any of the 911 planes,
the only "eyewitness" testimony we have is the paraphrased transcripts
of phone calls made to family members. This is where we get the descriptions
of "Arab looking men" with knives and box cutters, talking about
"Allah". It is from these calls we hear the immortal and heroic
- (for the rest of the story...)
- I myself have attempted to use a cell (handheld; digital
& analog) above 4000 feet on several occasions and have never been
able to do it, nor has anyone else that I have had the occasion to
speak with specifically about this phenom -hardly scientific, to be
sure, but telling, nevertheless. At the very least, such a mode of communication
is unreliable, at best. -Hence the (now pulled) press release
- Be that as it may: it is HIGHLY improbable that cell
phone calls were made from the planes
- in question under the conditions originally described;
It is CERTAIN, however, that the event(s)
- did not unfold along the lines commonly believed,
as spun by the "authorities".
- 9/11 was not executed by a wild arab with a "cellphone
& laptop" headquartered in a cave in Afghanistan.
- (What an incredible LIE the West swallowed on that one.)
- Will Loving
- The fallacy here is that you can't make cell calls from
above 4000 feet. Of course you can; depending on the position of the phone
within the plane, the plane acts like a giant antenna. That's the reason
why cell use has been banned on planes because sometimes the plane body
does pick up the signal, amplifying it and causing all kinds of problems
with the cockpits communications. I think there may also be a distinction
between analog and digital cell, with analog signals being able to travel
much farther and also being more prone to causing interference.