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Angry Flight AttendantSoon, you won’t need to power off every electronic gadget before takeoff. In fact, if your device has an ‘airplane mode’, the FAA is seriously considering letting you leave it powered up as long as you change modes. After years of flat-out lying to passengers that devices interfere with cockpit communications, there’s light at the end of the traveler tunnel.

What else isn’t true?

I have to wonder…what else were they lying about? Does the plane really have life rafts? ?If I blow into the tube, can I really self-inflate the vest? Maybe I can even tamper with lavatory smoke detectors and they won’t prosecute. It all starts to unravel.

Deadly Bose headsets

A working group of airline and software folks have come to the conclusion that empowering flight attendants to yell at passengers for leaving their Bose headset powered up probably doesn’t make sense anymore. Flight attendants will need to come up with a new way to demonstrate their overwhelming authority…maybe they can be more severe about letting people pee while the seat belt light is illuminated. They’ll need something.

Poor Alec Baldwin was just a year ahead of his time. If he only waited, his Word With Friends passion would have no longer been classified as a terrorist activity.

Just the beginning

As the New York Times points out, the FAA is catching up just as people begin to wear the dangerous Nike Fuelband, the horrifying Jawbone Up, and the deadly FitBit. That might keep flight attendants comfortable in their supremacy for a while yet.

Aren’t there bad people out there to catch?

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