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Martyn, BA planes are British-flagged and UK aviation law will always apply to people on board. Similarly, the UK CAA rules will apply. Now I am speculating a little here about how it works, but logically if UK CAA rules prohibit mobiles, and UK aviation law provides that passengers who don’t follow crew safety instructions commit an offence, then you end up in pretty much the position that it is unlawful to use a mobile given that there is always a crew instruction to turn them off.
CX, by constrast, is Hong Kong-flagged. While UK laws will apply to it while on the ground, UK CAA rules *may* not (don’t know that for sure, but since they will be complying with HK CAD rules I suspect they aren’t required to follow UK CAA rules as well)