Are you irked by the in-flight mobile ban?

Angry birds aren’t the only annoyed fliers up there. Losing online contact during takeoff and landing makes some in the public relations industry see red. Others just become better-read.

Odds are, you’re not going to get thrown off a plane on your next cross-country flight as Alec Baldwin was.

But airline requirements that you shut down your smartphone and tablet can be a nuisance for PR industry pros and other communicators who rely on 24/7 connection.

Baldwin made the news recently when he was escorted off a flight because he refused to turn off his cell phone while playing Words With Friends.

Though Baldwin’s behavior might not be a model of passenger decorum, many share his frustration. A recent poll indicates that young travelers are unhappy with the rule that requires them to turn off their gadgets during takeoff and landing.

Besides, the Federal Aviation Administration recently agreed to allow iPads in the cockpit, prompting the age-old question popular on schoolyards and among siblings: If they can, why can’t we?

Industry attitudes

So what do PR pros and other frequent flyers think about the rule? We asked around, and the answers ranged from shrugs to irritation.

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