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Airplane mode doesn't deactivate NFC/ToH [answered]

asked 2013-12-26 01:01:34 +0300

Kondou gravatar image

updated 2014-01-20 17:12:04 +0300

eric gravatar image

Don't know what regulations say about NFC in airplanes, but my android telephone deactivates NFC when switching on airplane mode – I don't think without a reason.

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The question has been closed for the following reason "the question is answered, an answer was accepted" by molan
close date 2014-06-05 07:57:06.677328


This might be because the NFC isn't supposed to be on while the other half is connected (AIUI, going by the "power consumption bug" with tohd), and typically you wouldn't switch other half on the plane.

FireFly ( 2013-12-26 01:05:05 +0300 )edit

and typically you wouldn't switch other half on the plane.

Tell that anyone who doesn't know that toh uses NFC, and malfunctioning sensible technology if you do anyways. ;)

Kondou ( 2013-12-26 01:08:57 +0300 )edit

Good point. The TOH NFC is considerably weaker than typical phone NFC, I believe, though. Maybe that's also rleated to regulations/having to deactivate it.

FireFly ( 2013-12-26 01:15:32 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-06-05 07:56:51 +0300

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updated 2014-06-05 07:58:17 +0300

I haven't found any information regarding NFC on airplanes, but: Short-range Bluetooth devices including keyboards and headphones have been allowed on flights for some time. Since October 13, airlines flying under FAA rules can even allow Short-range Bluetooth connections during all flight phases. A typical NFC connection has a range of about 20cm - Jolla's TOH-NFC chip even less than 1cm. So even if you switch TOH during your flight and activate NFC, it shouldn't be a problem and doesn't seem to fall under any regulations.

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