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Old 03-17-09, 10:35 AM   #1
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iPod on Airplane: Operation Limits Apply?

Okay, so I may be giving in to my resistance to pop culture and pick me up one of those fancy new iPod Shuffles soon.

There is an operation limit of 10,000 feet. But what about inside an airplane?

A Google search came up with reports of regular iPods not working at the top of mountain hikes, etc, because the hard drive platters can't operate at altitudes above ~10,000 feet due to cushions of air created by the spinning of the platters with such thin air.

BUT, the iPod Shuffle uses flash memory instead of a hard drive, and commercial passenger airplane cabins are pressurized, and I know people use their laptops on airplanes all the time (e.g. hard drives). And, I have never heard of a 12 year old freaking out because her iPod didn't work on an airplane in the first place.

So, I conclude that cruising at 36,000 feet in a commercial airliner isn't a concern in regards to using an iPod Shuffle above its 10,000 feet limit.

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Old 03-17-09, 10:44 AM   #2
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The cabin of the airplane is pressurized to feel like sea level (or close to it.) There will be no functionality issues with your electronic devices.
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The shuffle is solid state. It should work anywhere.
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The cabin of the airplane is pressurized to feel like sea level (or close to it.) There will be no functionality issues with your electronic devices.
Not sea level, last I heard it was 8,000'.
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Old 03-17-09, 10:51 AM   #5
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Not sea level, last I heard it was 8,000'.
I would agree with this based on how light-headed I feel during entire plane rides, and my ears never recover until I am back on the ground.
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I have never had any problems with my second gen iPod nano on an airplane.
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Old 03-17-09, 08:03 PM   #7
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I've never had problems with any iPod, solid state or hard drive-based, on an airplane. Same with laptop computers (like you mentioned).
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8000' is correct. My 3Gen Nano worked fine yesterday as I flew home. Never heard of a problem other than the use restrictions during takeoff and landing when it needs to be turned off.
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Not sea level, last I heard it was 8,000'.

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