Boeing Tests In-Flight Wireless on Potatoes, Not People

Should we allow airlines to adopt wi-fi and cellular systems on airplanes? Given the latest health research and our outmoded FCC wireless regulations, is this safe for humans, especially for pregnant women and children?
Dec. 19, 2012 - PRLog -- A CNN headline today reads, "Boeing uses potatoes for in-flight wireless test" (Aaron Cooper, CNN, December 19, 2012: .

Perhaps wi-fi radiation does not affect potatoes, but what about human health effects?  

Given the latest research on secondhand exposure to microwave radiation, how confident can a bunch of engineers be that there are no health effects, especially for pregnant women and children, due to exposure to wi-fi in an airplane cabin that functions like a Faraday cage (1)?

Just because wi-fi on planes may comply with outmoded FCC standards does not make it safe for humans (2).

What about the growing number of people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity -- are they supposed to stop flying?

With a few exceptions, policy makers in the U.S. have largely ignored warnings from American health scientists like Devra Davis, David Carpenter, Hugh Taylor, Jonathan Samet, and myself about the long-term health effects associated with exposure to wireless microwave radiation.  Meanwhile a dozen other nations have issued precautionary health warnings, and some have increased restrictions on use of wi-fi and cell phones especially among children.

(1) Secondhand Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation: An Emerging Public Health Problem?

(2) Does The FCC Plan To Rubber Stamp Outdated Cell Phone Radiation Standards?

For more information about the health effects associated with exposure to electromagnetic radiation, see ... (

Cell Phones: Assessing and Preventing Risks, a Q&A I did with Dr. David Katz

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Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
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