We know that airlines go on and on about how mobile phones and other transmitting devices interfere with aircraft navigation systems. Is this for real? Or is it a cynical attempt to get up to use their air phones?

Given the ubiquity of phones, and the forgetfulness (or deliberate recalcitrance) of humans, I am sure many an aircraft fly perfectly well with transmitting mobile phones on board. After all, if transmitting devices were a real threat, the airlines would surely insist all devices be turned off and checked-in.

But anyway… here’s the interesting thought if this were a charade: The organisational unity required to consistently pull off this charade would be incredible. Imagine what this same commitment applied to more worthwhile causes!

I personally don’t care – not having passengers shouring on their mobile phones on flights is a blessing.