…but not bringing in any keys at all (apologies to Arlo Guthrie for the paraphrasing. If you don’t know who Arlo Guthrie is/was, ask your Grandpa.)
We’ve been told pretty much since there were cell phones that we couldn’t use them on airplanes.
They would “interfere with aircraft frequencies”.
The tiny battery in my I4 is powerful enough that it could generate a signal strong enough that it could take a twelve billion dollar, twelve billion kilogram aircraft RIGHT OUTTA THE SKY?
Then why does Al-Qaeda bother with shoe bombs, underwear bombs or Semtex?
I think airlines don’t want us to use our cell phones for the same reason they won’t let us wear our BOSE noise-cancelling headsets when they can do the most good - on take-off.
They want us paying attention in case something goes pear-shaped.
Well, maybe. But I think the potential damage to what’s left of my hearing overrides the minuscule benefit of wearing those dumb ear-bud headphones they force us to wear so we can listen to Joni Mitchell’s ‘Hits’ album until the seat belt sign is switched off.
They let me stuff my ear plugs in. Why, if hearing what the attendants are saying is so important?
And what about hearing-impaired passengers? They couldn’t hear flight attendants’ instructions either.
It’s discrimination against the hearing-UN-impaired!
And on this flight from The Big Smoke to the Bigger Smoke, they actually have WiFi on the plane!
Surely, that creates a bigger electronic noise profile than a cell phone.
The free WiFi is part of a promotion Air Canada is running with Toshiba and this in-flight wireless service ‘gogoinflight’. They lend you a new Toshiba notebook computer, and comp the in-flight wireless.
Hey; I’ll give almost anything a try if it’s free.
(At ten bucks for four hours? Um, no...).
Well, the Toshiba they have given me will only boot up with a French language ‘user profile’. The English one just craps out.
I parlez-vous well enough that I can still mess around a little.
I can load web pages fine, but when I try sending an e-mail from gmail’s web mail system, I keep getting “server error".
Well, that's useful.
Just for fun, I've tried booting my own HP 2133 laptop, and using the supplied promotion code to access the gogo thing - and it works.
And I CAN send e-mails from gmail - and post this blog too!
Don’t know why the Toshiba wouldn’t work, but that's no longer my problem - I have given it back.
My seat-mate couldn’t make the Toshiba work for him either. Nor could he get his own laptop to even ‘see’ the gogo wireless service.
I told him to try the time-honoured Microsoft solution - when in doubt, re-boot.
Sure enough, there it was, and away he went.
So I guess I’ve joined the Mile High Club - blogging division only.
Flyin' in to Los An-gel-EEZE this time for a Ford EcoBoost driving program tomorrow at Fontana race track - will be thinking of Greg Moore who lost his life there in 1999...
Then, Wednesday and Thursday are the press days for the LA Auto Show, which is rapidly becoming one of the most important auto shows on the planet.
The car companies aren’t headquartered out here - that’s what still gives Detroit its edge.
But their design studios are mostly out here - this is where trends get started.
And the market is here - especially for the latest and greenest.
Wheels will be all over this show like a bad rash.
Sir Editor has decreed that LeBlanc and I will be blogging throughout; John will focus on electrics/hybrids; I’ll do real cars from the imports; Jil McIntosh will do real cars from the domestics; Peter Gorrie, one of The Star’s environmental writers, will look at the show from that perspective; and Peter Bleakney will be driving round in circles in the nearby desert in some hot-rod Porsche, so he won’t come to the show itself (hey; would YOU if that were the alternative?) and the fuel he’ll burn will probably give Gorrie hives.
Tune in Wednesday!