According to Jack Nicas of the Wall Street Journal, the union that represents flight attendants is fighting to reinstate the electronics ban on take-off and landing.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is suing the Federal Aviation Administration, saying the agency notice last year that paved the way for fliers to use their devices throughout flights violated federal regulations that require passengers to stow all items during takeoffs and landings.
Attorney Amanda Duré, who is representing the attendants union, said that since the policy change, many fliers have stopped listening to attendants’ emergency announcements and, in at least one incident, a tablet became a projectile during turbulence. The union also is concerned the devices could impede passengers’ exit from an aircraft during an emergency.
The counter-argument is that federal regulations have never covered small items. Rather, they applied to items that would be considered luggage.
While I understand that a tablet can become a projectile during turbulence, I’d much rather get hit with a Kindle than an actual copy of War & Peace–something passengers could always read during take-off.