The Seattle Times

BOEING, 2006

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Boeing engineers use spuds to improve in-air Wi-Fi

This 2006 photo provided by Boeing shows early dielectric substitution testing using potatoes in a Boeing Test & Evaluation laboratory in Arizona. Employing an odd mix of the low-tech and the high-tech, Boeing loaded a plane with sacks of potatoes as part of testing it did to eliminate weak spots in in-flight wireless signals. Engineers determined radio waves bounce off the spuds much the same way they do with human bodies.