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I’m an airline pilot and I did the bluetooth scan experiment at 32,000 feet

October 28, 2021

“I’m not saying there’s bluetooth in the vaccine….”

Against my better judgement I’m going to make this post, even though I know people are watching. I didn’t do anything wrong, but the results I received were eye opening.

Me and the other pilot got into a conversation at cruise about various topics, which then went into the vaccine situation. It made me think of the recent thread about the bluetooth / vaccine experiments so I told him that I wanted to scan with my phone to see how many bluetooth devices were active on the flight. I didn’t expressly say that vaccinated people are projecting a bluetooth signal, but moreso to show that there are always things happening in the environment that we cannot account for, which is why people have to be informed about all the decisions that they make.

Before I ran the scan we guessed how many devices we would find. We had approx 55 people on board, including crew. Estimating two devices per person and at least four per crew member, we figured at the most there would be 150 devices active, but no more then 180. This is taking into account the absolute maximum conceivable devices and liberally overestimating.

I used two scanning apps and the first one immediately lit up with a bunch of low frequency unknown devices, similar to what I found when I did a test run at Starbucks earlier in the week. However, the fields kept populating so I switched to another app that would give an actual total device count and then started the scan with that.

The app did find some commercial devices immediately. It found my spare iPad, it located a pair of Bose headsets, there was a Garmin watch, and an Inspire device which i assumed was a drone that got loaded in the baggage compartment with a battery still installed. ( Big no no ). However, the identifiable devices by name were only in the single digits. The app continued scanning and it ballooned up to 86 devices found, within a few minutes of starting the scan. It was alot, and eye opening, but not totally impossible. People tend to pack and overpack their toys on travel and with everybody rocking at least two cell phones and iPad and a wearable, 86 devices amongst 50~ish people isn’t out of the question.

However, I left the app on and the number kept climbing over time. 86 went to 90 that went to 100 and then we were in the 114 range. When we got to the 12x range we started having the conversation again about what type of devices people may have on them, and whether the app was accurate or double pinging the same device. I noticed that some of them had a time stamp of a few minutes ago when they were last detected, but a good portion of them were still actively being read.

The other pilot had to take a rest room break, and when the door was opened the number jumped to over 140. When it hit 175 that when I knew we had breached the number of maximum theoretical devices.

In my mind, I was thinking if there was anything to the bluetooth theory then the number of devices would have to be well over the 200’s. Ultimately, in the course of the the flight the app discovered 367 total devices.

The interesting thing is that the app settled around the 280 mark, and hovered around that number while incrementally ticking up. However, when we were approximately 3/4s of a mile over the ground, we put the gear down for landing and it creates a lot of noise that tends to wake people up. When that occurred, the number of devices detected went to 367 from 280 at cruise.

So that’s my little story about my experiment. I’m not saying there’s bluetooth in the vaccine. All I’m saying is that I ran a scan on my phone for bluetooth devices that was inspired by the bluetooth vaccine thread and the app counted 367 devices amongst approx 55 people (including baggage) while we were at 32000 feet in the air.


From → Health, World Watch

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