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GPS can be dangerously unreliable government warns

Cue the conspiracy theories. The FAA has issued a warning to pilots: Your GPS might be "unreliable" on June 7, 9, 21, 23, 28 and 30.

Why? The Navy will be performing tests based in China Lake, California, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Pacific time. They will be purposely jamming signals that will affect planes flying at least 50 feet in the air, up to 40,000 feet above sea level and 550 miles away from the test site. Therefore, the tests should also only affect parts of the West Coast, including Area 51, Las Vegas, L.A. and even here in Phoenix.

However, experts say commercial airliners shouldn't have a problem and there are lots of easy re-routes to take during the testing times. Glen Winn, a former United Airlines and Northwest Airlines employee told USA Today:

“They alerted everyone, and that’s good. It won’t affect commercial aviation because there are so many other backup systems that are wired into the programming for the airliners.”

So what exactly is the Navy testing? We have no idea. Nobody is telling the media anything other than "general testing for our ranges."

What do you think they're testing? Is there a conspiracy in the works? Is it to fight against terrorism? Let us know what you think it could be by posting in the comments below.

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Source: USA Today
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