WiFi On Aircrafts - Aviation Experts Warn About Dangers

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WiFi On Aircrafts - Aviation Experts Warn About Dangers

WiFi on aircrafts has been a concern of mine for some time, knowing that any wireless transmitter such as Wi-Fi-enabled laptops and Smart phones, as well as Wi-Fi access points operating on the inside of an aircraft, will cause an exponential increase in RF radiation exposure.  Radiation effects are also magnified with altitude, so exposure levels can in some instances even exceed official exposure levels. At the actual levels of 25,000 nW/cm!, which are expected to occur on board commercial airplanes equipped with WiFi, 100% of animals tested developed serious brain damage. (Hans Scheiner, MD, Environmental Medicine Expert)

Now there is growing evidence that this exposure can present both health, and inflight safety dangers. Electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) sufferes may faint, feel dizzy, or their vision might be impaired. People may also experience nausea, lack of concentration, muscle weakness and skin reactions. But it's not just those with EHS that are affected, as research indicates potential cognitive impairment and cardiac symptoms.  There have been reported cases of pilots fainting while in flight, on aircraft with wi-fi installations. The concern is not just for the pilots, it's also for the cabin crew, as if they are incapacitated that is also a potential problem, especially during any kind of emergency situation.

A Captain for a Canadian commercial air carrier writes, “Having read a lot of research on this topic, and hearing first-hand how other airline employees are reacting to wi-fi, in hotel rooms and elsewhere, I am certain that this form of radiation is having a negative health effect on many of us. The number of airline employees this year, including pilots and flight attendants, who report having difficulty with WiFi seems to be growing. Evidently, there are some pilots off sick with mysterious Parkinson-like symptoms. I can experience ill effects including nausea, shortness of breath, overall body weakness, and when in a sustained WiFi environment, I have difficulty focusing, and have skin reactions. I get these symptoms in hotels, the terminal, my flight planning area and also from cell phones brought onboard the aircraft. I do not experience these symptoms when away from this exposure. I will be unable to continue flying if wi-fi is installed on my aircraft. Safety of the aircraft and the health of those onboard, not entertainment, should be the priority. Further study certainly needs to be done!” 

I am a First Officer for a US air carrier. When I fly the WiFi-equipped A321 my joints hurt with inflammation and arthritic-like pain. It typically takes about 24 hours for the pain to subside. Other symptoms can include severe headaches, shortness of breath, sleep problems. I do not get the same symptoms flying the non-WiFi aircraft even though they are in the same family. Airport terminals are now another challenge. If I have to spend any excessive time in them I get the same reactions as I do from the WiFi equipped aircraft. Hotel overnights – all in WiFi rooms – are another problem for me now. When I sleep in a non-WiFi room, I sleep much better.”

Dr Todd Curtis is a licensed pilot and Founder of AirSafe.com, with a a PhD in Aviation Risk Assessment. He was a flight test engineer in US Air Force I, and involved in numerous plane crash investigations. His thoughts are' although the risk of radio frequency radiation from wi-fi and other electrical systems hasn’t been looked at as a health and safety risk by the aviation community, the fact that some quarters of the medical and scientific communities have shown that this may be a risk is a concern to me.'

There is a 30 page document by an international group of experts in aviation, medicine, science and engineering. Aviation Health & Safety in the Digital Age Radio-frequency (RF) Exposure from Mobile Devices and In flight WiFi : A New Human Factor? It's worth a read. Click HERE.

Customer Experiences When Using BluShield & Earthing For Travel
I would highly recommend using both Earthing products and a portable BluShield device when you travel to help you with recovery from jetlag, and to protect you from the harmful effects of EMF's. Here's some customer feedback from the last couple of months:

Using BluShield Devices

'I traveled to Melbourne recently, with my Mini in my bag, and felt fine after the flight. Normally, I’d have felt “zapped” and exhausted from the high levels of radiation. Ngareta Ring, QLD

'I recently flew overseas..9.5hr flight...plus hours of waiting in the airports... at the end of the flights....I was surprised to notice that I did not suffer the usual symptoms of jet lag.' Ian Tye, VIC

'So far I am finding it very helpful.I am sleeping better and the effects of my jetlag are much less. Thank you.' Monica Brown, NSW

'On a long road trip recently, my husband and I were getting grumpy with each other... then I found one of the kids had fiddled with the BluShield and switched it off. I switched it on again and immediately my hubby and I started feeling happy again. I suppose you could say it was psychological... except that my hubby is (was) sceptical about whether it did anything. And it wasn't a subtle thing at all - it was an instant lightening feeling, a feeling of relief. Life just feels better when it's on. Fiona Hankinson, VIC 

Using Earthing Products

Recently I went on a 17 hour mini van ride up to the north of Thailand. I was not looking forward to it as I ger car sick & very tired. I thought I would test out the car pad that I was thinking of taking on a long flight to the US. To my joy,I arrived at 2am a bit tired but no nausea or headache. Slept for only 3 hours & left again for the retuen 17 hour journey. Arrived home really ok. The only explanation was the car pad. It was truly amazing!! I will use it now for all car trips & definitely on my flights. Thank you Earthing Oz for making this available. Susanne Stuart. Thailand.

I had to rush back to Scotland because my Mum is in hospital. Things are very emotional. I was dreading the usual jet lag. But I brought my earthing sheet with me and for the first time in 30 years of visiting Scotland I have NO jetlag! nothing! Of course all my Scottish friends are getting educated on earthing so expect a few orders. Norma, NSW