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What airlines have an audio channel where you can listen to Air Traffic Control communications during the flight? Do any airlines allow you to bring a scanner or aviation radio aboard to listen yourself?

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The only one I'm aware of is United Airlines, on Channel 9.

Radios are never permitted in flight. However, there are websites with live ATC feeds so if the flight had WiFi you might be able to listen through a computer.

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Ah yes, I remember a United flight from LA to Denver in 2000 that I was on, storm approaching and the various convos they were having about avoiding it. Since working in Air Traffic Control software development, I no longer have a desire to do so - 99% of the talk is mundane and stuffed with acronyms and just messages and acknowledgements. Suppose it's that 1% that might be 'interesting' for want of a better word ;) –  Mark Mayo Sep 24 '11 at 1:06
    
@Mark: Well, one man's mundane is another man's interesting :) Off topic, but what language is ATC software written in? –  jrdioko Sep 24 '11 at 23:50
    
True, and even this was interesting at first, but now it just sounds like work ;) –  Mark Mayo Sep 25 '11 at 16:52
    
The majority of the code I worked with was C++, and some proprietary scripting tools as well. –  Mark Mayo Sep 25 '11 at 16:53
    
Not all of them do. I once rode on a United Boeing 737-800 with the DIRECTV In-Flight system and it did not have it. (AFAIK, it's only because of its acquisition of Continental that it started having 737s in its fleet.) –  damryfbfnetsi Aug 14 at 21:35

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