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Boeing testing the effect of WiFi on flights, substitutes potatoes for humans

Boeing said to be testing WiFi in flight by using 20,000lbs of potatoes.
By: Charles Gantt | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Dec 20, 2012 2:24 pm

Boeing has been reportedly hauling around 20,000 pounds of potatoes in an effort to test the affects of WiFi on airplanes. One might ask what does potatoes and WiFi have in common? The simple answer is that they make great human analogs and closely replicate the way radio waves behave when passing through humans.




The study is trying to determine if everyday common place WiFi has any adverse effects on airplane navigation, avionics, and radar. In an attempt to inject a little humor, Boeing has titled the experiment SPUDS (Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution).


We hope that WiFi becoming common place in every commercial flight is the result of the event and we are left wondering if the potatoes seated in first class had to pay more for their tickets.


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