No, but it will bring down the wrath of a fed up flight attendant who’s sick of constantly repeating herself to follow a basic instruction.
When it comes to non-radio signal emitting devices like your cell phone on airplane mode or your iPod Nano, your device is dead to the world, including to the airplane’s navigational equipment. Here’s the techie breakdown from Gizmodo.
So why ban them? Hopefully, if Boeing can please the FAA, they won’t be banned much longer.
Till then, just suck it up and try not to piss off your flight attendant, or beware what she gives you for dinner service.