The inability to last a few hours without a Blackberry or iPhone is now the number-one reason for bad passenger behavior when flying the not-so-friendly skies.

Incidents of customer misconduct increased for the third year in a row, reaching more than 1,300 in 2011, the Wall Street Journalreports. Flight attendants say the refusal to turn off electronic devices are the top cause. The behavior got a celebrity spokesperson during “planegate” in December 2011 when Alec Baldwin got into an altercation with American Airlines staff over his refusal to end a game of Words With Friends. The actor later apologized.

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Federal regulations require cell phones and other devices be turn off as soon as the aircraft door closes, and the cabin crew has the right to remove those who do not comply (as in the case of…

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