To the "No Cellphones in Aircrafts" Nazis and the "Cellphones in Aircrafts are OK
" Nazis... Just kidding... to all on both sides...
1. Rules are rules. You do not not follow it, you get penalized. You don't agree with it, change it! You don't like this airline's cellphone rules, fly someone else.
2. I know pilots of various ratings who have their cellphones ON
in the cockpit, however, they switch it off in cruise because it just wastes their batteries. These pilots however, enforce a strict No Cellphones ON
rule when flying into remote areas. Once case they spent 30 minutes looking for an airport because the GPS and ADF was erroneous because someone's cellphone was on (it was confiscated)... This was on a Fokker28.
3. I have a friend from the ICAO, and he said, there are no rules regarding cellphones. However, they are transmitting devices, so he says, play it safe! It's not a mortal sin to have it on while flying, but, there will be days where it could make a difference between landing on an airport or into a mountain/building.
I personally do NOT believe that it is as dangerous as some research has suggested because I do not know who funded those research. I do not know if the results are pure of if it's skewed to favour a particular side (cellphone makers, or Satphone providers or whoever)... But, I do know it CAN
affect electronics, and I respect the rules and regulations of the land where the aircraft and airline is registered and the law of the land on which the aircraft was standing on... if someone tells me what it is that is... it's different from country to country, airline to airline...
To me whether it is dangerous or not, it is irrelevant... it's like whether a passenger should have a gun onboard or not. It's not the gun, it's how the holder will use it... on a cellphone, it's how the owner will use it too and whether he/she understands the risks... Other than that it's about the applicable rules and regulations...