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Rapidly improving electronic technology has led to a worldwide proliferation of portable electronic devices (PEDs). These have received a portion of the blame (or suspicion) for unexplained aircraft electronic-system anomalies. A significant concern about PED interference with airplane electronic systems, as well as ground communication networks, has brought about many debates; many people question the rationale and the existence of a solid scientific basis for current regulations and policies. The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad view of the issues associated with airborne operation of PEDs.