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Katharine McPhee -- Mile High Lawbreaker

11/24/2010 4:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" alum Katharine McPhee just broke a cardinal rule in the sky --  turning on her cell phone at 36,000 feet ... and even worse, she bragged about it afterward!


McPhee caught a flight yesterday ... and after the plane took off, she tweeted, "I love illegally turning on my phone when I'm still in the air ... makes me feel powerful! A tweet from the sky. Hello Atlanta!"

It's a big FCC no-no to turn on your phone after take off -- the penalties include a hefty fine and suspension of her cellular service.

UPDATE: McPhee's rep tells us, "She posted when we landed in Atlanta. She was trying to be funny but obviously some people missed the humor."

Joking about airplane safety -- always a good laugh ...


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The rep should have told the truth....she's a dumbass skank! What do you expect?

1326 days ago

fooey on joo    

What a rebel. Joking about doing something illegal is never funny! Does she not have any consideration? She is good friends with Blair fowler who also wrote ("HAPPY 9/11) on her twitter (juicystar07). Screen shots are everywhere and she finally deleted because no one found it humorous. Other peoples pain and laws are nothing to joke about you idiots!!!

1326 days ago


Wow Blair said that? Maybe Kat is also Muslim afterall. Her name is Irish, but she does kinda have that Persian look to her.

1326 days ago


Technology has advanced to the state where this is not even a problem. If this was really an issue phones wouldn't be allowed on the plane.

1326 days ago


Unless she has a satellite mobile phone, it is impossible to get a tweet through at 35,000 feet above sea level.

1326 days ago

Jan P    

She has admitted breaking the law...cancel her phone rights, arrest her and make an example. what if the unthinkable had happened and she interferred with the plane's safe operation? (She can't sing either!)

1326 days ago


Waiting until the last minute to merge is what the DOT wants you to do? How stupid is that? Oh, and McPhee McSux.

1326 days ago


Apparently she's never heard of in-flight internet otherwise we'd be subjected to this nonsense through-out her entire flight.

1326 days ago


Actually, there's no interference with the navigational stuff from the celluar signals. The law is intended to prevent jamming the cellular towers due to all the cellphones being equidistant from the multiple towers. Usually, on ground, we send our signal to the closest tower.

1326 days ago


It is illegal but it has also been shown to be completely harmless to have it on during flight.

1326 days ago


Well, why would she say that she likes turning her phone on in the air, if she was landed?? She did something stupid, her rep tells everyone "oh, she was lying" either way that makes her stupid.

1326 days ago

Blue Lake    

Stupid. Selfish. Evil.

1326 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

yeah, you know there's gonna be a whole lotta crayzees up in the skies over the holidays...the airlines should just confiscate all cell phones and accidently lose half of them while they are at it. safety first :DDD!!!

1326 days ago


How STUPID can you be?????????????????????? I'm sure she did that...needs her name around everyone has forgotten her.....WHO is she an american Idol reject.

1326 days ago


Gee... That was smart... Break the law and then tweet about it.

1326 days ago
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