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Why turn mobile phones off on take off and landing? [duplicate]

Why do commercial airlines insist on turning phones to airplane mode? Does it really interfere with the planes dedicated frequencies?
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Why do you need airplane mode on a device for a plane trip? [duplicate]

I'm about to take a plane trip to my dads house but I'm just curious why you must have airplane mode on? I'm no aviation master here, just looking for information.
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How are credit cards processed during flight?

If telephones/smartphones/tablets are not allowed on planes, how comes when you buy duty free items from the cabin crew and pay by cc they will use the card reader? I suppose that in order to remove ...
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What is the best way to retrieve (and transmit) location (GPS) of plane in real time?

What are some of the best ways to retrieve and transmit the location of a plane I am in, real time. To speak in realistic terms, I'm currently training for my private pilot's license and as such am ...
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Instrument landing: why do all electronic devices need to be shut off?

A few days ago, I took a flight home. Towards the end of the journey, the captain asked us to shut down any electronic device that we had on board, including iPods, CD players, phones and so on, ...
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Why did FAA regulations initially prevent passengers from making phone calls during a flight? [duplicate]

For many years, the FAA prevented people from making phone calls during a flight. Was this because a phone call interfered with aircraft communications?
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How do airliners facilitate in flight calls for mobile phones?

How does an airline facilitate in-flight calls for mobile phones? I would guess that over open water in flight calls are relayed by an on board link to a communications satellite. Such a system ...
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Why do some nations allow the usage of hand held devices and some not throughout the landing till the take off [duplicate]

After going through this site I am still not clear as to why do some nations do not allow the use of hand held device's especially cell phones for making calls or texting but for gaming or reading ...
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Can I use cellular data to receive in-flight weather on my iPad?

I would like to use an iPad for preflight planning. Can I also use the iPad to check weather while I'm en route?
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Why do I have to turn off my (non-cellular) iPad before takeoff?

Every time I travel on an airplane, the stewardess forces me to shut down my iPad. I just lock it, and start using it again 5 minutes later. I wonder why this is? Is it because I have to have my ...