After reading my recent PAX write-up, O’Foghlú asked whether I had “mile-high fragged” the Frag Doll candidate I met on my flight home. I would have liked to, but sadly I do not own a Nintendo DS.
This raises the question of whether mile-high fragging is safe or even legal. We’re not allowed to use cell-phones on planes in the U.S.; is there a similar ban on multiplayer wireless games (played with other passengers)? According to Nintendo’s DS FAQ,
Can I use the Nintendo DS onboard aircraft, in hospitals, or in airports if it’s not in wireless mode?
Operation of the Nintendo DS when it is NOT in wireless mode, may be allowed on aircraft, in hospitals, and in airports just like any other non-wireless device would be…
… In order to comply with airline regulations, do not use PictoChat, or play the multiplayer modes of DS games while on board an airplane. Operation in these locations may interfere with or cause malfunctions of equipment, with resulting injuries to persons or damage to property.
So I think the answer is definetively ‘NO’, and the consequences of even a quickie mile-high frag could be disastorous. But that’s alright with me, because as Jason T points out, I’m more “the kind of guy to wait until the plane lands and then get a double frag in the airport bathroom.”