After reading this you may not be so keen on Wi-Fi flights. Yes, it’s convenient and cool, but is it safe?
“Customers demand in-flight Wi-Fi,” an airline executive told me. If only those travelers (and pilots) knew that in 2008 the physician Dr. Hans Scheiner had cautioned the aviation industry, “Some symptoms caused by electro-magnetic radiation like headaches, drowsiness, vertigo, nausea, loss of hearing and vision, loss of consciousness, and a lack of concentration are a concern in transportation safety, including aviation.”
In 2013 there were two reports of pilots fainting on board Wi-Fi –enabled aircraft.
These incidents could have nothing to do with radiation. I asked pilot, air safety investigator and aviation expert Dr. Todd Curtis to review a document I prepared and sent to aviation officials. Here is his considered expert opinion:
“The issue of in-flight WiFi has recently been brought to my attention by Dr. Kerry Crofton, and her colleagues. Although the risk of RF radiation from WiFi routers and other equipment hasn’t been looked at as a health and safety risk by the aviation community, the fact that some quarters in the medical and scientific communities have shown that this may be a risk is a concern to me. In reviewing the material sent to me by Dr. Crofton, it seems there is enough evidence to warrant further investigation. I am not aware of any tests on in-flight WiFi, or if there a requirement, with respect to potential health effects on flight crews. It appears this new technology has been tested on the electrical systems, navigation systems but not on the flight crews. It would make sense for the appropriate authorities – the FAA and elsewhere – to take a serious look at this issue.”
See pages 209 – 214 within the book for more information and also for what you need to know about airport security scanners – no, they are not without risks to your health.
Here is a document I submitted to aviation officials – please pass it along to regulators and anyone in the industry.
Click on this link to open the file.