My 6:05am flight to Brisbane this morning was delayed by what we were later told was a Blackberry giving off an alarm of some sort. After leaving the gate on time, the plane stopped on the way to the runway and returned to the gate. The offending Blackberry was found and we got under way more than an hour late.

The cost is lost time and fuel to Qantas and the passengers would be considerable – all because of the Blackberry user. It made me think back to travel ten years ago and how scared we have become – out of necessity I guess. That a forgetful passenger and their Blackberry can hold a planeload to ransom is a marker of how fear rules our world.

Thankfully, Qantas held my connecting flight to Townsville so the whole incident cost an hour.