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Sometimes, the blogosphere just decides they're going to discuss something in great detail. And now, with holiday travel upon us, we're talking about the inane rules that airlines inflict upon passengers -- especially the "turn off all electronic items that have off switches" rule at the beginning and end of flights. 

This past summer, when the IATA issued a largely anecdotal report on a few dozen incidents with no real bad outcome (spanning a period covering millions of flights), I thought the time for discussion was ripe, and compared some of the rituals of aviation to similar maddening rituals in healthcare

But now James Fallows is covering the topic, and has terrific input from a diverse and smart audience (it helps that he's a pilot, himself, and a terrific writer). Read it all -- just not during takeoff or landing.