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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?
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? http://www.prlog.org/
(2) Does The FCC Plan To Rubber Stamp Outdated Cell Phone Radiation Standards? http://www.prlog.org/
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
Some recent news releases I've prepared ...
Cell Phone Radiation, Pregnancy, and Sperm
Cell Phone Radiation Damages Sperm
Magnetic Field Exposure Before Birth May Contribute to Childhood Obesity
Health Experts Caution About Smart Meters
San Francisco's Cell Phone Fact Sheet is Factual
Cell Phone Radiation Warning on San Francisco Government Web Site
Florida City Adopts Cell Phone Precautionary Health Warnings
Big Week for Cell Phone Radiation Legislation
Italian Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer
India Adopts Health Warnings & U.S. Mobile Phone Standards
Russian Cell Phone Standards Offer Better Protection than American Standards
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley