Originally Posted by takeshi
Because you don't want wireless on if you're on an aircraft and turning the device on to use the features that don't require wireless.
I don't think that is it because if you simply turn your BlackBerry off before you get on a plane and then turn it back on while on the plane, the wireless features will automatically turn on. However, if you pull the battery out or hard reset (two things that are not done on a normal basis), then the wireless features will not automatically turn on. I beleive it is most likely that way so that after an firmware upgrade, the wireless features don't screw up the upgrage or restore operations after reboot.