I'm airport blogging! I took the opportunity to ask Transportation Safety Agency personnel at a regional airport in the Southern United States.
DAVE: May I ask you a question?
AGENT "CHARLES": Yeah.
DAVE: I heard, in response to the Christmas Attempted Bombing, some airlines are prohibiting reading books within an hour of take-off and landing. Does that strike you as an overly literal response?
AGENT "CHARLES": [Nodding vigorously] Yes.