If you get frustrated when flight attendants make you shut down your electronic tablet or digital reading device during takeoff and landing, George Takei has got your back.

The actor who portrayed Hikaru Sulu in the "Star Trek" television series and films is so fed up with having to turn off his gadgets on flights that he launched a petition on the website Change.org, calling on federal officials to reconsider the policy.

"I suspect I'm not alone in feeling put off," Takei said in his petition letter.

He's right. The petition has already collected nearly 17,000 signatures.

But the Federal Aviation Administration is already talking about lifting the ban on the use of personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. In August, the agency announced that it was forming a committee to study when such devices could be used.

One person who signed the petition commented: "This has been a pet peeve of mine. Let's get this rule changed."



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