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Aer Lingus prohibits iPod usage on flights

According to Aer Lingus has prohibited usage of the iPod on all flights.  They also prohibit use of devices that utilize a laser such as portable CD-Players and CD-ROM drives.  I called the customer service line to verify this and it is in fact true.  They claim that it has to do with the frequency with which the iPod operates and the fact that it uses LEDs.

“And if you want to de-stress after a tough working trip by listening to your new digital music player (eg, iPod), sorry: the Irish national airline has banned them. Again, it is out on its own on this one. The news will dismay long-haul passengers as the devices are popular in helping to while away airborne hours.”

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I think its time to buy a cheap tape player, and gut it for use as an iPod case.

I will not be flying aerlingus for my next irish vacation.


Posted by nilepoc on March 22, 2004 at 3:25 PM (CST)


Wording does not cover HD music players specificaly. I bet they just look at the headphones and asume that it is a CD player. Tell me, what is the difference between a tape walkman (magnetic data being read from a tape and converted into music) and a HD based Mp3 player (magnetic data being read from a spinning platter and converted into music) ??? Is there some kind of LED to LED interference phenomenon we are unaware of? I am sure there are LEDs all over the cockpit!

Just wondering,


Posted by Pumi on March 22, 2004 at 3:27 PM (CST)


DRAT! No edit button. To clear up confusion from my previous post, the Aerlingus website says they allow tape walkman players. How those differ from HD based plyers, I don’t know.  Go figure….

Posted by Pumi on March 22, 2004 at 3:30 PM (CST)


What do you expect, its an irish airline :)
They areny the sharpest of people :P
They might aswel of said that they dont allow any electronic items on the planes, as the vast majority of electronic goods have an “on” indicator or some illuminated components, even some kids trainers have LED’s in the souls that light up when you walk.
i supose they will ban childrens footwear next!

Posted by Rich on March 22, 2004 at 3:40 PM (CST)


The difference between a tape player and an iPod is that the tape player doesn’t have a CPU.

Any electronic device running at a given frequency is a radio transmitter at that frequency. If you look in the back of your computer (in the US, although I’m sure other countries have similar regulations) you’ll see that it’s a “Class B” device, meaning that it meets a certain threshold for the amount of radio noise it leaks.

Posted by James Robinson on March 22, 2004 at 3:40 PM (CST)


Um, every single Asian (Eastern Asian, mind you) I have ever met in my 30 years of existence eats rice, daily being the norm.

Myself included.

Posted by Agent Orange on March 22, 2004 at 4:04 PM (CST)


Certainly it is true that not all Irish people drink heavily - but a good proportion of them do, and clearly the people involved in formulating this policy sit squarely within that stereotype.

Posted by Fred Nerk on March 22, 2004 at 4:23 PM (CST)


No iPods, no handhelds… wtf am I supposed to do during a flight ?

Posted by Macounette on March 22, 2004 at 5:21 PM (CST)


well i may not have watermellon data but i sure can tell you they eat a lot of chicken and grits!!!

Posted by rivlinm on March 22, 2004 at 6:10 PM (CST)


That’s offensive, rivlinm.

For what it’s worth, I flew Aer Lingus Dublin to Paris last week and had my iPod playing in my lap for the entire flight.

It was in an Exo iSkin tight case, which makes it look black.  But nobody said anything to me.  Maybe they thought it was a tape player.

Posted by bamchum on March 22, 2004 at 7:12 PM (CST)


I’m sure they’ll reverse this decision once they sober up. GO IRISH!!!

Posted by Drunk Irish on March 22, 2004 at 7:14 PM (CST)


banning iPods is very cunning, lingus

Posted by spelunking homunculus on March 22, 2004 at 9:27 PM (CST)


Yay! Another misconception about portable devices.

How utterly stupid of them, if they only comtemplated the pyhsics of their absurb decsions.

Posted by Adam on March 22, 2004 at 9:35 PM (CST)


Saudi Arabian Airlines wont allow cds, cdroms etc too. Forces you to watch either dull islamic programs or heavily censored Disney movies. Aghhh. An Airtraffic Controller once told me GSM cellphones would be fine on a plane too…but the airlines want you to use their $10/second inflight phones…

...Why would anyone want to fly Air Fungas?? As bad as Saudi Arabian Airlines!

Posted by Towelhead on March 22, 2004 at 9:59 PM (CST)


The cell phone ban has a good reason behind it. Not only is there the possibility that the radio waves could interfere with navigation instruments, but at that height you would be hitting every cell phone tower within 100 miles. You’re supposed to only hit one. You can thank the FCC for prohibiting cell phones in airplanes, not the FAA. (In the US, anyway)

Posted by shaun3000 on March 22, 2004 at 10:40 PM (CST)


what that chart of pissheads should indicate is consumption per capita, rather than total drunk (as that’s easily skewed by having a large population). Make it per capita, and I think you’ll find us Aussie’s sitting a fair bit higher than #19

Posted by Nathan on March 23, 2004 at 12:58 AM (CST)


Per captia we would absolutely destroy everybody else. No question. The aussie schooner.

Posted by Adam on March 23, 2004 at 2:07 AM (CST)


“Well. It should be intresting, this summer I’m flying Aer Lingus this to Dublin and (unless directly told to) I’m going to bring my iPod with me and listen to it. “
By (T)(C)(O) on Mar 22, 04 1:39 pm


I’m sorry but that is a fairly irresponsible post to make. If they ban something and you purchase a ticket then you agree to their rules, and thus if you don’t your liable for damage caused by your actions. Plane security is taken very seriously and for understandable reasons, you can be arrested for failing to adhere to rules on-board a plane. If you actively try to dodge a rule then you deserve whatever punishment the company/judicial system decide to throw at you, its almost as stupid a comment as that women who recently announced at baggage check that she had a bomb.
They are the experts and you

Posted by Pecker on March 23, 2004 at 6:23 AM (CST)


“Do all blacks eat watermelons?
Do all asians eat rice?
Do all latinos eat tacos?

Associating drinking with Irish is just stereotypical racism. “

1) Irish is a nationality and a culture, not necessarily a race.  Humorous generalization about nationalities is not taboo anywhere since citizens of most countries are jingoistic.  Go ask any random Englishman what they think of the French’s fighting capabilities, or any random Frenchman what they think of the English’s food…

2) Stereotyping is a different thing from racism.  Racism is any doctrine of racial supremacy.  Stereotyping is merely conceptualization, used when specific knowledge is unavailable for whatever reason.  It is not necessarily done with malice.

Anyway, on the topic - Aer Lingus is well within their rights to restrict whatever devices they see fit to on their flights for whatever reason they want.  And people are free to abandon their services and file complaints if this is an issue to them.  “Civil disobedience” in this case would just be lawbreaking against a private entity, and may even put other passengers in danger.  Comply, or don’t fly.  Don’t throw a tantrum and violate the law.

Posted by bostrood on March 23, 2004 at 6:41 AM (CST)


Everyone be careful out there.  You’ll be the laughingstock of Guantanimo Bay if you end up as the only prisoner who got nabbed for listening to Britany Spears with your inflight peanuts.

Posted by Cyphierre on March 23, 2004 at 7:34 AM (CST)

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