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I hate this.This post may have less to do about fundraising and more about me complaining, but if you squint really hard you can link the two. Especially if you travel quite a bit as part of your fundraising activity.

You see, I have a problem. It’s a loss of in-flight productivity due to the ‘no electronics during takeoff and landing’ rule.

CNN had an article today about the use of cell phones during flight, and the actual danger involved. The jury is still out, but that isn’t my problem. I have no problem with the ban on cellular phones and the like. My problem is the ‘absolutely no electronics’ rule, which is entirely different!

Just about every device known to man now has an ‘airplane mode’ allowing you to turn off any transmissions that may (or may not) affect an airplane’s systems. Personally, I don’t think there is any chance that the FAA or TSA would even let these items on board if they caused a threat, but nonetheless why can’t I just turn on the safe mode and work away?

Some say it’s about paying attention to the flight attendant’s safety advice. I don’t buy it. If I can’t figure out how to buckle a seatbelt, I probably don’t own a smartphone, iPad or Kindle. Few pay attention anyway.

Some say it’s about the weight of the object and the fact that it might fly out of my hands and injure somebody if the plane crashed. I’m not buying it. My latest Tom Clancy novel weighs significantly more than my iPad, and the odds of that making a difference during a crash are insignificant. The reality is that in most crashes, being hit by a flying iPad is the least of my worries.

Some say it’s about people who would abuse this and keep talking on their mobile phones, leading to interference with taxiing and navigation. I’m not buying it. Airlines readily tell you to start chatting as soon as you land. This is during that critical taxi time back to the airport terminal. No worries there.

The fact is, I want to be productive during the takeoff and landing. This is easily 15 minutes on each end of the flight, for a total of almost half an hour. On short hops, this could account for a big percentage of total flight time, and I hate sitting there bored out of my mind.

OK, I’m done whining. And, by the way, I DO consider playing Angry Birds to be a productive behavior!! :)

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