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    Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    If these watches are in the dark, would they automatically enter Airplane Mode?

    How could they be shipped safely otherwise?

    For example I doubt that people who resell their watches would select Airplane Mode in anticipation that the watch will be shipped via airmail.

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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    Most watches with GPS probably only have a receiver. They're only receiving the GPS signal that's always being sent from the satellites to earth. Therefore they would not be sending out any signals that require an airplane mode.

    Airplane mode in phones is intended to disable the phone's transmitting antennas to prevent interference with the plane's receiver(s).

    The only watches I can think of that would have transmitters would be smart watches that wirelessly communicate with your phone.
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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by mattc.az View Post
    Most watches with GPS probably only have a receiver. They're only receiving the GPS signal that's always being sent from the satellites to earth. Therefore they would not be sending out any signals that require an airplane mode.

    Airplane mode in phones is intended to disable the phone's transmitting antennas to prevent interference with the plane's receiver(s).

    The only watches I can think of that would have transmitters would be smart watches that wirelessly communicate with your phone.
    There are Bluetooth Casio and other brands that transmit to smart phones.





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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    There are Bluetooth Casio and other brands that transmit to smart phones.
    Good point. I was just thinking of watches that only have a GPS feature. Basically anything that wirelessly communicates "could" have an airplane mode.

    I've never actually owned a non-smart watch with Bluetooth. Do those watches have an airplane mode?

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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by mattc.az View Post
    Good point. I was just thinking of watches that only have a GPS feature. Basically anything that wirelessly communicates "could" have an airplane mode.

    I've never actually owned a non-smart watch with Bluetooth. Do those watches have an airplane mode?

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    Yes, they have airplane mode with warnings to use it in the manual, but I have never activated it and have never flown with one of these watches.

    Casio has many Bluetooth watches now.
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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    GPS-only watches have airplane mode, too, and warnings in the manual. Seiko Astron does, and it has only GPS, no bluetooth or atomic. I never thought about it, but you're probably right: it should only have a receiver so airplane mode makes no sense.
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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by Miklos86 View Post
    GPS-only watches have airplane mode, too, and warnings in the manual. Seiko Astron does, and it has only GPS, no bluetooth or atomic. I never thought about it, but you're probably right: it should only have a receiver so airplane mode makes no sense.
    Who's going to know or even check?
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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by Phreddo View Post
    Who's going to know or even check?
    Not sure if the OP was thinking about the safety of the watch or the safety of the plane flying it. If WES51 was thinking about the plane, given the focus on airline safety (especially timely with the Boeing 737 max issue), he might have a point. I'm no expert on avionics, but on a plane these days, I just shut off all electronic devices. Never gave a thought to my watches and maybe there is no issue at all re: GPS and bluetooth functions as they relate to plane functionality. I'm no expert in this field and I have no GPS or BT Casios. Anybody who knows avionics have an opinion, not the most irrelevant point I've ever seen made on F17.

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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    Is it just me, or do other folk think that 'airplane' mode is totally superfluous? Think about it, there are millions of mile flown around the world daily, many folk can't cross a street properly, never mind know how to turn their device into 'airplane' mode. This should mean that planes should be dropping out of the sky on a daily basis, they don't!
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    Re: Shipping of GPS Watches - Airplane Mode

    Quote Originally Posted by StephenWatch View Post
    Is it just me, or do other folk think that 'airplane' mode is totally superfluous? Think about it, there are millions of mile flown around the world daily, many folk can't cross a street properly, never mind know how to turn their device into 'airplane' mode. This should mean that planes should be dropping out of the sky on a daily basis, they don't!
    That's my point.

    These things go unchecked and unset every day and nothing happens.

    On some level airplane mode makes sense. But in this litigious bubble wrap world, everything is an excuse to meddle.

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