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Can't agree with you more - better safe than sorry. Thanks for the responce
-----Original Message-----
From: Tom.Hunt(--nospam--at) <Tom.Hunt(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Thursday, December 18, 1997 12:17 PM
Subject: Re[2]: Laptop Computers on International Airplanes

>     Dennis,
>     This warning message was sent to us from Ken Hall who is the General
>     Manager of the Texaco General Engineering Department (GED).  I would
>     consider him a reliable source, however I do not know him personally.
>     I called Sabena-Belgian World Airlines who could not confirm or deny
>     the problem since this seems to be particular to the new Airbus 340
>     operating in Europe.
>     One interesting thing they did say was that all their new planes are
>     equipped with a seat plug outlet specifically to power portable
>     computers, HOWEVER, this feature has been turned off due to
>     "unspecified technical problem" that arose during testing and
>     implementation.
>     Best I could come up with but it would still be worthwhile doing the
>     simple paper clip test just to be safe.
>     Thomas Hunt
>     Fluor Daniel
>______________________________ Reply Separator
>Subject: Re: Laptop Computers on International Airplanes
>Author:  wish@cwia.com_at_-FDInternet at FDINET
>Date:    12/16/97 8:56 PM
>Tom, with all due respect, I find this one a bit hard to believe.  First, I
>would be far more ecconomical to design the tray with metal at the rims and
>place the magnet into the seat well.  It seems that it would be very
>expensive to create a fully magnetic tray.
>I tend to take rumors like this with a grain of salt. By all means, ask the
>airlines that you choose to confirm or deny this claim - it's well worth
>risk to ask.
>Just seems a bit far fetched. The last time I returned a tray to the
>position I found the simple latch to create a tight fit since the seat
>bulged into the well enough to keep pressure on the tray against the latch
>(is this becoming a structural question?).
>Please let usknow if you can verify this.