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May 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
What's the first thing passengers do when they land? Turn on their cellphones and make a call. Soon, passengers on some Virgin Atlantic flights won't have to wait for the plane to land. The British airline announced plans this week plans to allow passengers by the end of the year to make calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and get Web access on their cellphones on certain flights. Virgin Atlantic is not the first airline to offer cellphone service. Emirate Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, among other foreign carriers, have been offering the service for years.
April 6, 2013 | By Jimmy Orr
The state of California has several laws aimed at cracking down on drivers using cellphones, but it may all be for naught. Motorists seem to be ignoring these laws. A survey released Friday appears to back that up. Nationally, the number of people using cellphones or electronic devices while behind the wheel remained steady from 2010 to 2012, according to the poll released by the U.S. Department of Transportation. That means at any given time during the day, 660,000 people are using their cellphones in some way while driving.
June 28, 2013 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On my last two flights, I've sat next to passengers who never turned off their cellphones. One passenger was sending texts during our Wi-Fi-free flight from Salt Lake City. Beyond violating federal regulations  federal Federal Communicationss C and FAA regulations, should we worry when passengers continue to use their devices? "Given that we know pilots and flight attendants admit that they sometimes accidentally leave their phones on, it's likely not a huge safety risk," says Warren Chang, vice president and general manager of , a travel website owned and operated by Travelzoo.
September 6, 2012 | Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- If you're jabbering away on a handheld phone while driving -- no matter what state you're in -- hang up!  So says the Governors Highway Safety Assn., which is urging all states to ban drivers from using handheld cellphones in an effort to curb distracted driving. Ten states, including California, prohibit motorists from holding the phone while behind the wheel, while 39 states ban texting while driving. The highway safety group contends that banning drivers from using handheld phones would help states enforce their laws against texting while driving.
September 20, 2009
Re: David Lazarus' consumer column "Radiation risks: still a tough call," Sept. 9: I have told my kids for years to keep their cellphones away from their heads and to put them on speaker whenever possible. I suspect cellphones may be the next "cigarettes," but at least there seems to be more awareness and publicity about the potential danger earlier on in the game. I sincerely hope that cellphones are found to be harmless. However, if that is not the case, I hope the wireless industry will do the right thing and put our health and safety above the bottom line.
August 29, 2005
Re "Area Codes for Devices Approved," Aug. 25 Your article says that the Federal Communications Commission experimented with an exclusive area code for cellphones in New York in the 1990s but abandoned it because "cellphone companies said they wanted the same area codes as land lines." Why should cellphone companies set policy for everyone else without even giving a good reason? If cellphones had their own area code, it would free up 310 numbers for land lines, we wouldn't have to dial longer numbers as with the overlay (except to cellphones)
June 3, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Restaurants in California would have to stop using food containers made of polystyrene foam under legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate to address environmental worries. Lawmakers also moved forward with tougher penalties for those who smuggle or possess cellphones in state prisons and expanded a state ban on workplace smoking. Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) proposed the prohibition on polystyrene containers, saying they do not decompose quickly and thus can linger for years in landfills, storm drains and ocean waters.
February 4, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
People in Torrance who talk on their cellphones while driving may want to rethink that idea after police there ticketed 41 drivers for allegedly talking on their cellphones over the span of an hour. Officers from the Torrance Police Department's traffic and special events division set up an operation on Hawthorne Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to stop drivers for talking or texting on their cellphones. The one-hour operation netted 41 violators, police said. The operation was prompted, in part, by police officers' observations while on the road, said Sgt. Jeremiah Hart.
May 23, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/ For the Booster Shots Blog
Steady exposure to the electromagnetic radiation given off by cellphones during use may disrupt fetal development, disturb memory and weaken the barrier that protects the brain from environmental toxins, says a welter of new research being presented this week in Istanbul, Turkey. The authors of the studies, published in the past two years, highly preliminary and conducted on rabbits, mice and rats, suggested that the non-ionizing radiation emitted by cellphones and the base stations that broadcast cellphone signals may fundamentally damage cells by means other than the heat that they generate.
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