Unbearable Flights

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The people of America demand the daily use of electronic devices, especially on airplanes. For most of us it is a way to help time pass. Just think; you are on a twelve-hour flight with nothing to do. There is a talkative elderly person, a crying baby, and a young couple who cannot stop arguing with each other and they are all within your "hearing" limit. These are the main reasons of why we enjoy portable electronic devices (PED's). We crave to utilize laptops, compact disc players, compact video games, I Pods, cell phones, etc. However, what is more important if you are on a plane? That every device made for and on the aircraft will work, or the fact that you are unhappy because you are bored while on your flight.

No one needs to bring back memories or remind us of anything when a person says "Nine Eleven".

Every American is aware of what happened on September 11, 2001 (The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11-pronounced "nine eleven") consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks by Islamic extremists on the United States of America on September 11, 2001. (wikipedia.org)) We all should know and understand why America's security is high at airports. Everyday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are bombarded with complaint calls inquiring why "we" cannot have our devices on at all times. The most common complaint was the hassle of having to turn off and on the devices after just getting settled in their seat. This is what one traveler response was.

"Every airline swears that they are the most "accommodating". Well, we will believe that when we are not ordered to turn off and store away our devices during our whole flight." (Derek Valenzuela,