iPods Won't Funk Pacemakers, Says FDA Report

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The electromagnetic fields from iPods won't interfere with cardiac pacemakers, says an FDA research team, contrary to last year's rumors. After a whole bunch of experiments using saline-filled bags and sensitive coil detectors to simulate the effect of a variety iPods on the body, the researchers concluded "that no interference effects can occur in pacemakers exposed to the iPods we tested." [Reuters]

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@FightingChance: Well, no. The FAA doesn't want to take the chance of any interference during the critical phases of flight (takeoff and landing). Mostly because those are extremely dangerous due to the amount of traffic and the fact that it may be doing precision landings.

An accident during takeoff is very bad because the planes are fully loaded with fuel. During landing, well, you still don't want to crash by landing into the terminal now, do you? (And for many precision landings, the decision height doesn't leave much space to recover if the "precision" was off.