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Fact Check-Video clip does not show Bluetooth signals emitted from airplane passengers

A video clip posted to social media is not proof that vaccinated individuals are emitting Bluetooth signals. The cell phone footage from inside a plane cabin shows the availability of wireless devices on a flight and is unrelated to the vaccine status of airplane passengers.

The Dec. 5 tweet reading, “Bluetooth of everyone on the plane who’s jabbed. #tracking #covid #sheep,” is visible here .

The video shows the interior and exterior of a plane, followed by a phone screen with a person scrolling through settings showing available Bluetooth connections.

These aren’t Bluetooth codes emitted by vaccinated passengers, however.

The list shows Bluetooth addresses or identifiers (here) (here) for headphones and other Bluetooth compatible devices in addition to available connections for a Galaxy phone and an Apple MacBook.

A video about how Bluetooth works is available here .

Reuters debunks of false claims that COVID-19 vaccines are capable of contact tracing and connecting individuals to the internet via implanted Bluetooth technology can be seen here and here .

Ken Kolderup, Chief Marketing Officer at Bluetooth SIG, told Reuters, “There is currently no known way to develop a Bluetooth chip small enough such that it could be added to a vaccine and injected through a hypodermic needle,” dispelling the claims on social media.

“The smallest Bluetooth chips known today are still larger that 2mm x 2mm, not including the additional components necessary to create a functional Bluetooth transmitter, such as an antenna or power source,” he added.

The notion that vaccines can connect vaccinated individuals to the internet was also dispelled by the Commonwealth of Australia’s Department of Health here .

The ingredients for COVID-19 vaccines are observable for Janssen (here), Moderna (here) and Pfizer (here).

VERDICT

False. COVID-19 vaccines do not include Bluetooth chips. Video shows available Bluetooth connections and is not proof that vaccinated people are emitting Bluetooth signals.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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