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Boeing Uses 20,000 Lbs. of Potatoes To Check Aircraft Wireless Network Signals 104

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-mean-you-don't? dept.
coondoggie writes "Boeing calls it Project SPUDS — or rather, Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution — that is, using sacks of potatoes perched on aircraft seats to test the effectiveness of wireless signals in an airliner cabin. Boeing said it was researching an advanced way to test wireless signals in airplanes and needed a way to effectively simulate 200-300 people sitting in seats throughout the aircraft."
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Boeing Uses 20,000 Lbs. of Potatoes To Check Aircraft Wireless Network Signals

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  • by R3d M3rcury (871886) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @06:27PM (#42342599) Journal

    Let's see...WiFi screws up airplane, 300 people dead, and your first question would be, "Why the hell didn't they use sacks of potatoes or something like that instead of people?"

    There's just no pleasing you.

  • by jd2112 (1535857) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @07:05PM (#42343019)

    Let's see...WiFi screws up airplane, 300 people dead, and your first question would be, "Why the hell didn't they use sacks of potatoes or something like that instead of people?"

    There's just no pleasing you.

    WiFi screws up airplane, 300 potato sacks lost, and your first question would be, "Why the hell didn't they use people who can't stop texting for a few minutes instead of sacks of potatoes?"

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