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Grant Cardone was reprimanded by the FAA officials for using an electronic device during takeoff. He talks exclusively to Soledad this morning.
May 2nd, 2012
05:09 AM ET

The Big Tease: President Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan, and a look back at the Royal Wedding

President Obama’s secret trip. What does President Obama’s agreement with Afghanistan means for the road ahead? If the Afghans can’t keep peace on their own, what does it mean to our security back home? And, U.S. officials negotiating with the Taliban – the president says talks are underway, we’ll talk to the experts and dig deeper. Including Seth Jones who is a former top military adviser to President Obama.

We’ll also talk to Tim Pawlenty to get Mitt Romney’s reaction to what the president had to say about Afghanistan.

Torturing al Qaeda? The former head of the CIA's Clandestine Service says he has “no regrets” about using harsh interrogations techniques (or his decision to destroy 92 videotapes of the CIA using them) on members of al Qaeda. Jose Rodriguez has been to the black sites, talked to the terrorists and knows things he’ll never share. But he’ll tell us why he told politicians it was time to, “put their big boy pants on.”

We’re following the story out of London where Rubert Murdoch was ruled “not fit” to lead his company. He could lose part of a British satellite holding as a result, some groups are also calling on him to lose businesses here at home, including local TV stations.

The man who didn’t turn off his electronic device – because he was filming birds crashing into the plane. He got a warning letter from the FAA. Grant Cardone is now launching a campaign to get airlines to let us use our gadgets. Ali Velshi was also on the flight (and has logged a few frequent flier miles), so he’s joining us as well.

And the Dean of Westminster Abbey Reverend Dr. John Hall, who officiated the Royal Wedding last year, is on set talking to Soledad looking back at the wedding of the century and responding to security concerns for the upcoming Olympic Games.

Our panelists John Fugelsang, Will Cain and Meredith Baxter will also join in the conversation.

We'll have all this and more live on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" at 7am Eastern on CNN.

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  1. vbscript2

    "The man who didn’t turn off his electronic device – because he was filming birds crashing into the plane. He got a warning letter from the FAA. Grant Cardone is now launching a campaign to get airlines to let us use our gadgets."

    Does this seem a little strange to anyone else? He got a warning from the *FAA* and he's launching a campaign to get *airlines* to allow people to use their electronics during T/O and landing? He does realize that the airlines have no say in the matter, right? Airlines can't start disobeying an FAA reg just because their customers don't care about safety.

    For those of you who don't understand, there are very good reasons why the FAA rules are in place:

    1) All electronic devices emit electro-magnetic signals. All of them. Ones with radios (such as an iPad which has wi-fi, bluetooth, and possibly even a cellular radio) emit a LOT of e-m radiation. Aircraft landings rely on high-precision signals being received with minimal noise from the Instrument Landing System on the runway (as well as from the GPS.) 150-400 people on a plane using electronic devices creates a lot of potential for e-m noise that can interfere with receiving the ILS signals or even interfere with the pilots ability to hear ATC instructions. All it takes is one Chinese-made device emitting interference on a frequency it isn't supposed to to disrupt the pilots' ability to use the ILS, which, especially in low-visibility conditions, can force a go-around or even cause a crash.

    2) Cell phones don't work at 35,000 ft, even if they did allow you to use them. The antennas on the cell towers are designed to direct the signal horizontally and downward, not up. Also, even if you're directly above a cell tower, you are over 6 miles away from it (35k ft = 6.6 mi.) Even if the antennas were directed upward, your signal likely wouldn't reach the tower even if you were directly above it. Furthermore, you are traveling 550+ mph, which means that you would need to pass off between towers every few seconds. In order to compensate for all of this, your phone would be blasting out full power on its cell radio, which, in addition to draining your battery very quickly, would create far higher e-m noise levels than what the electronic devices that you are allowed to use above 10,000 ft create. Cell phones put out up to 2 Watts maximum transmit power. This is billions to trillions of times higher than the power levels being received from the ILS systems and literally over 1 quadrillion (10^15) times the levels received from the GPS. 150-400 phones doing this could easily interfere with the critical navigation and communication radios on the aircraft. Many jammers don't even put out that much power.

    3) The people in the seats beside you don't want to hear your phone calls, even if they did work, which they usually wouldn't.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Courtney

    Choose you Seat Mate:
    There goes "It's just Lunch", and here comes "Fly-by Dating, "Fly-by Stalking, and "Fly-by Business Deals"

    May 2, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. John Mattsen

    Mr. Caldone's attitude toward following the rules can only be described as arrogant and self-important. Let's all just decide which rules to follow based upon our own perceptions of whether or not the rule is important simply based upon our own self-centered opinions, values, and beliefs. It's one thing to advocate for change and quite another thing to display arrogance.

    May 2, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Michael S

    Grant Cardone is a d-bag.....just turn off your electronic devices. I don't care if you agree with the policy or not. The world does not revolve around you!

    May 2, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. shoumbagdaca

    Reprimand for using a camera? All these devices, cameras and the like have been tested to comply to high standards of not causing any electromagnetic interference. Cameras are no cellphones and do not transmit anything (unless they are spy). The noise from their digital circuits is only internal and stops a few cm away.
    But, so many videos on the net show takes from planes windows', cabins, cockpits etc. They should stop this ridiculous business, planes have antennas only on the exterior and there is interference only from the outside and only on some frequencies used at the time.
    Granted, it is best to be safe than take chances but neither laptops nor cameras cause problems, they are certified not to. Where is the proof or the cases to talk about. It is more likely that they can hit someone flying off the user, in case of an abrupt manoeuver than anything else!

    May 2, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse | Reply

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