recently while flying from MSP to SBA (via three stops) I was informed by the flight attendant that my water bottle and book could not be stored in the seat back pocket during takeoff. She informed me they could be placed on the floor under my seat however. I found this bizarre - the pocket is stuffed with catalogs and magazines but somehow my book created a hazard?
Anyone know the reason behind such a regulation? Apparently there was an FAA inspector on board monitoring the pre-flight instructions to passengers.