So I have been taking a number of flights recently (and if you look at my presentation schedule you can see why). What I have noticed is that there is widespread violation of the no using of electronics rule for take-off and landing. I have seen people with iPods, iPhones, Blackberries, etc., all using them during the restricted times. What is more, the plane appears to be no worse for wear while their fellow passengers, including me, are clearly unconcerned. Some, like Steve Levitt, have been bucking the rule for years but the extent of use I observed is quite widespread.
That said, it isn’t an open revolution. I tried to continuing using my Kindle (which let’s face it draws less power than an overheard light) but it is out in the open and after enough requests (and some mild protests) I had to put it away. On Qantas, Kindles don’t appear to be an issue. Anyhow there goes on potential advantage they might have had over and iPod.
And there were no open laptops or video watching going on. Nonetheless, it is clear that the American public doesn’t believe this ‘safety’ requirement. I wonder how long it will be before the revolt becomes more out in the open.