Video Shows Pilot Successfully Using AirDrop 35,000 Feet in the Air

BY Evan Selleck

Published 4 Aug 2017

Apple’s official data on the use of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi point out that their range is about 30 feet. But pilots apparently buck that trend quite a bit, and in a big way.

User LouB747 posted a video recently to his YouTube channel, showing that he successfully used AirDrop from his plane, which was cruising at 35,000 feet, to a pilot in another plane, a Singapore Airlines craft cruising at 36,000 feet. The pilot was sending pictures of the plane in flight, and the other pilot, one thousand feet away at least, confirmed receipt of the images over the radio.

You can see the video below, which is entitled, “Furthest AirDrop Ever?”

As mentioned above, while Apple cautions for 30 feet of range, both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technically go much farther than that. And, as mentioned by AppleInsider, the physics of both technologies are different when you gain altitude, and also remove a variety of different obstacles, like buildings and more. With only the plane bodies acting as any kind of interference, it stands to reason that, technically, it could be possible for this to work.

As it stands, AI wasn’t able to verify the authenticity of the AirDrop usage, but it did speak to a former naval aviator, who has made the switch to commercial flight, who told the publication that “this is not all that uncommon amongst pilots,” and that he has used AirDrop in a similar fashion, at similar heights, in the past.

While this is admittedly pretty cool, it might also make it even more frustrating when AirDrop refuses to work when you’ve put two iPhones right next to one another.

[via AppleInisder; LouB747 (YouTube)]