Using Your Amazon Kindle on an Airplane
The Kindle E-Reader can be one of the best travel accessories ever. When you have a Kindle you won’t find yourself searching for a book in the over priced airport bookstore again just to ease the boredom of a long lay over. You can just turn it on and browse Amazon’s vast selection of books, then just download it in a matter of minutes.
Even after you have reached your destination the Kindle is nice to have around. You won’t need to lug around a couple books and magazines just in case you find yourself without anything to do, or just get the urge to do some reading. All you need is one thing, the Kindle.
With airport security these days, sometimes passengers aren’t quite sure whether or not their electronic device will make it through security safely or even if they will be allowed to use it once the air plane is at cruising altitude.
The general rule of thumb is: Anything that is capable of transmitting a signal must be turned off during flight, or have the transmit function disabled.
Blackberries quickly added the feature allow users to disable the transmit feature on them so that they could still go through saved emails look at documents and do whatever else.
The Amazon Kindle also has a feature to disable the Whispernet function, so that you will no longer be transmitting a signal. Therefore once the Whispernet function is disabled, you are allowed to read your Kindle during flight.
Going Through Airport Security with Your Kindle
The general rule of thumb with getting your Kindle through the airport security check is to treat it like a laptop. It is recommended that you turn it off and place it in it’s separate bin or along with your laptop.
People have said that they kept their Kindle inside their carryon or backpack and have gotten through fine, if it is a hassle to take it out go for it. I’m all for getting through that check point with no troubles though and the airport security may ask you to take it out or do it for you. Slowing the entire line down.
The data on your Kindle should be fine, there is no reason to worry about loosing your books or settings.
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