An assignment from ENGL 105 at UNC, among one of the more moronic of their universal requirements

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! The airlines have been lying to you. Leave your phone on, your computer, your iPod, your interstellar radio. Taxiing, 50 feet, 1,000 feet, 10,000 feet, it makes no difference. There’s no evidence that electronic devices in the cabin affect communications between the cockpit and ground stations. Why does this horrible inconvenience plague and embarrass the best of us? Money. Neither the airline nor the FAA (Federal Airline Association) have any incentive to investigate modern electronics’ affect on airplane computer communication.