IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 30-39, August 2002

Airborne Operation of Portable Electronic Devices

Lin Li, Jingsong Xie, Omar M. Ramahi, and Michael Pecht
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Bruce Donham
Electromagnetic Effects and Antennas
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Seattle, WA 98124


Rapidly improved electronic technology has led to a worldwide proliferation of portable electronic devices (PEDs). They have received a portion of blame (or suspicion) for unexplained aircraft electronic system anomalies. Significant concern of PED interference to airplane electronic systems as well as ground communication networks has brought about many debates; many people question the rationale and the existence of a solid scientific basis of current regulations and policies. This paper is to provide a broad view of the issues associated with airborne operation of PEDs.

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