Why did Boeing use 20,000 lbs of potatoes on this plane?

How potatoes improve the reliability of WiFi in airplane cabins.

Boeing wanted to make sure that no matter where you're sitting on one of its planes you would have a reliable WiFi connection. To test in-cabin WiFi signals they turned to an unlikely testing partner: the potato -- about 20,000 pounds of spuds to be exact.

Why potatoes? "[P]otatoes were ideal stand-ins for passengers, given their similar physical interactions with electronic signal properties," Boeing said in a press release. They also helped reduce testing time from 2 weeks to 10 hours. Boeing explains the testing process in the video below (plus, see an airplane cabin like you've never seen it before):

Image: Boeing

[h/t The Atlantic]

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