I say yes -- our handhelds are more fun when we're not using the phone anyway -- but Alex Knapp rebuts:
If you check public comments on regulations to open up airlines for smartphone use, you’ll find them overwhelmed with business travelers firmly against allowing cell phone talking on planes. Every time. If you want to know why the FAA keeps rejecting it, it’s because the public comments have overwhelmed by people opposed to allowing cell phones.
(Full disclosure: I myself am firmly opposed to letting people talk on cell phones on planes. In face to face conversations, people are cognizant of the volume of their voice. On the phone, study after study shows that people talk more loudly. Let me keep my Kindle on through the whole flight. But for the love of Pete, no cell phones.)
I wish I could say I've changed my mind. Can't we dare to let ourselves work out the kinks in freedom?