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Our most-read post of the year: according to one flight attendant, airplanes and iPhones don't mix

Sometimes when I fly, it just drives me nuts when flight attendants make an announcement about turning on your "Palm Pilots."Well, they don't make them anymore.

Sometimes when I fly, it just drives me nuts when flight attendants make an announcement about turning on your "Palm Pilots."

Well, they don't make them anymore. The only pilot you are likely to see aloft is on the flight deck, getting ready to dodge that big cumulonimbus by flying around it. We hope.

That's my rather wordy way of introducing our most-read (and most commented-on) post of the year: Clueless flight attendant to passenger: Turn off that iPhone movie NOW!

The flight attendant in this true story didn't know that the

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Apple iPhone allows movie watching in airplane mode. No risk in captain-to-tower communication. But because this flight attendant probably was technology illiterate, well, the post title tells what happened.

I might add this was far and away the most read, as well as most-commented on post I made here this year. It got picked up by Digg, and earned nearly 4,000 well, Diggs. If I could capture that magic again, that would be super.

Also, the scenario described in this blog post kind of tapped in to a common meme that all too often, air travel in the U.S. has been suffering from poor in-flight service. In the light of such service issues, lots of readers seemed to relate to the chain of events I described in this post.

Well, we want you around to relate more in 2008. So Happy New Year, and if you imbibe, strongly consider a taxi or a designated driver!