So the Stenotraveler became a regular traveler this past weekend. A fun trip - with no steno machine, computer, or translation key in sight. That said, I did have my smartphone.
What amazes me, though, is people who just can't turn it off for an hour or two. Seriously. We have so little "down time" anymore - we're always connected - that I love the time I spend in an airplane. I can read. Nap. Watch a movie. Or chat up my seatmate.
Last night the woman in the seat next to me NEVER TURNED OFF HER SMARTPHONE! Now, she turned it on "silent" so it wouldn't ring, but as soon as we were up above 10k feet, she was on the email the entire flight (it was a whopping 45-MINUTE FLIGHT!!). I kept shooting her dirty looks. Amazing.
Now it may be that the smartphones and other electronics do not affect the equipment (at least that's what we've been given to believe b/c of the 9/11 heroes) but still, if the airline wants you to turn of your electronics for 15 minutes, you should do it. It's their plane, their rules. And you just never know. I'd hate to think that a stupid email about someone's travel plans for two months down the road might cause a problem in the flight and ruin the evening for 119 other people on the plane.