If you were one of the hundreds of thousands of people who pre-ordered an iPhone 5 directly through Apple's online store, then attempting to check the status of your handset results in an unnerving "preparing for shipment" message. By now, you're probably wondering why your phone is still preparing to be shipped. After all, it does have to travel all the way from China in time for its launch this Friday.
A new series of Transport Security Administration rules set into motion late Sunday will ban passengers on international flights entering the US from having any "personal belongings" on their laps during the final hour of the flight. These rules will restrict notebooks and most other non-handheld devices and access to carry-on bags is similarly restricted for the same period. The new changes preclude use of any communications or entertainment devices integrated with the plane itself for the final hour of the trip and restrict services for passengers like phones, seat-mounted televisions and access to Wi-Fi services provided by carriers entering the United States.