College Humor has an amusing (and NSFW due to language) sketch on the real reason why airlines insist on policing our devices. After chuckling over it, I sent it to a friend who frequently travels for business. She responded with this tale:
A real life flight attendant chose another approach when I flew to NY last week. After the announcements, she took the mic and authoritatively stated that there were still four mobile devices that had not been turned off, and that the aircraft would not leave the gate until ALL devices had been turned off.
I saw at least seven people scramble to turn off their devices…I left mine on (all three of them) and never heard a beep about it. That flight attendant should play poker!
She’d take everyone’s shirts.