In-flight map not available - deliberate

Old Jul 11, 18, 4:21 am
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In-flight map not available - deliberate

Monday July 09 2018 Flight UA005 IAH-LHR Business Class
The in-flight path-tracker map was deliberately disabled for the whole of the flight: the Captain told me that this was for 'security reasons'.
Has this happened to anyone else?
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Old Jul 11, 18, 4:38 am
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Yes, you will encounter this. I have had it a few times, but not many times.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 4:47 am
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Maybe UA has a chemtrail contract with the government and your flight had to make a detour to make a spraying run..
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Old Jul 11, 18, 5:27 am
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I wonder if this could be related to the RAF 100 celebrations which involved a large number of current and historic RAF aircraft flying around and over London on the day of landing (10 July).
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Old Jul 11, 18, 8:29 am
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You can always use the inflight wifi to pull up the route on flight tracker or flightaware (that can be disabled also, but is a more involved process and not done for single flights 98% of the time).
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Old Jul 11, 18, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by Blutak View Post
The in-flight path-tracker map was deliberately disabled for the whole of the flight: the Captain told me that this was for 'security reasons'.
And the flight attendants are there primarily for your safety.

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Old Jul 11, 18, 8:43 am
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Originally Posted by skycrab View Post
I wonder if this could be related to the RAF 100 celebrations which involved a large number of current and historic RAF aircraft flying around and over London on the day of landing (10 July).
Probably not? (speculation). The flighttracker map isn't a "radar" map.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 9:07 am
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WAG: Disabled to hide the detours necessary to give POTUS airspace as he travels to Europe?
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Old Jul 11, 18, 9:19 am
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Well that's the silliest thing I've heard in a while. I'm sure that this action would thwart an actual security threat ... clearly they wouldn't be able to figure out that almost every passenger on the plane has a GPS receiver on their phone that can determine the plane's location.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 9:28 am
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Would have added to the experience of watching The Hunt for Red October yesterday on FRA-SFO.

But for real how’s that going to add for safety. Did they disable the WiFi so someone on board couldn’t text where they were?
Do they just have a dart board or wheel of ideas that they come up with randomly to make the flying people feel they’re doing something extra for “security”?
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Old Jul 11, 18, 9:34 am
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Given that channel 9 is sometimes disabled for 'security reasons' by captains not wanting, e.g., to be second guessed about delays, colour me sceptical that the in-flight map disable has any real security implication.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 9:43 am
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Wow. Knowing where you are on the planet is now a security threat.

Count me among the disbelievers. It is frankly ridiculous.

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Old Jul 11, 18, 9:43 am
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Originally Posted by Sykes View Post
Well that's the silliest thing I've heard in a while. I'm sure that this action would thwart an actual security threat ... clearly they wouldn't be able to figure out that almost every passenger on the plane has a GPS receiver on their phone that can determine the plane's location.
Exactly!

Anyone who has a window seat can easily identify their location by turning on GPS sensor on the smartphone.

If they looked at the flight route while on the ground, a copy of the area map should stay on the smartphone which they can use after takeoff in conjuction with the GPS sensor.

There's no need for WiFi or internet connection.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 10:21 am
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All stars in the night sky have been extinguished for "security purposes", lest someone use celestial navigation to find out where the plane is.
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Old Jul 11, 18, 10:57 am
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Some crews are just over the top with this security nonsense and obviously don't think things through - there are countless other ways to figure out where you are, and Flightaware shows the filed flightplan so you can see where you're going. I guess these crews think Flightaware should be banned too? GPS on the phones, banned? Windows, banned? Distance/speed/time formula? Let's get rid of that one!
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