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MartynSinclair – 25/06/2013 22:21 GMT : The above does not read as statute law/rule. All it says: “the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is reminding air passengers that using mobile phones is still forbidden on nearly all flights”. It does not provide a blanket ban.
I read it differently. It says “using mobile phones is still forbidden”. Sounds ilke a ban to me. The notice also says “Any passenger who disobeys a cabin crew instruction to turn off a mobile phone is committing an offence, which could result in prosecution.”
The key, though, is that this isn’t the regulation itself, only a notification about it. I don’t know where the regulation actually resides. Does anyone else know? Then we could look up all the other weird rules (including the ones about whether my window blind should be up or down during take-off and landing – I never understood that one!