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[liberationtech] Airline Shutdown Because of Loss of Internet Service? MICHAEL GURSTEIN AND YOSSEM

Sheila Parks sheilaruthparks at
Thu Jun 6 01:17:23 PDT 2013

I would like to post this on my FB wall

Would that be all right?

Seems to me to be very important, with all the horrible talk going on 
in favor of internet voting

I await your response

Thank you,


At 03:45 AM 6/6/2013, you wrote:
>This is probably not a Liberation issue directly but I'm not sure where else
>to address it...
>Sunday I was flying (Porter Airlines--small short hop Canadian carrier) from
>NYC to Ottawa, ON with a plane change in Toronto. When we arrived in Toronto
>we were informed that "because the Internet was down" planes were not able
>to land or depart.  The company's service was completely shut down for
>roughly 4 hours until the "Internet service" was restored (presumably by
>their ISP).
>I understand that other airlines have had similar experiences recently.
>My question... how exactly is Internet service so intertwined with flight
>operations that service can function only if the Internet is operational?
>(And I guess the Liberation angle... if this is now pervasive for all
>airlines what is the hackable element of all this and where are the points
>of vulnerability etc.etc.?
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Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
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