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Why Alec had to turn off his cell phone

Those who care have already seen and heard enough about actor Alec Baldwin getting thrown off an American flight for not turning off his cell phone just before takeoff. But here's a good followup: Another explanation, after many others in this space over the years, that should help travelers understand why there are rules about no cell phone usage in flight. Look at the comments to see mention of the other reason for banning talking on a phone in flight: It's just plain annoying!

Why Alec had to turn off his cell phone

Those who care have already seen and  heard enough about actor Alec Baldwin getting thrown off an American flight for not turning off his cell phone just before takeoff. But here's a good followup: Another explanation, after many others in this space over the years, that should help travelers understand why there are rules about no cell phone usage in flight. Look at the comments to see mention of the other reason for banning talking on a phone in flight: It's just plain annoying!

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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