On a recent AA flight, I was surprised to be informed that "according to FAA guidelines" my iPad couldn't remain in the seat pocket, but had to be either laid down on the floor below the seat in front of me, or in the bin above. Since the announcement clearly explained the flight attendants were there for our safety and nothing more, I had to wonder how much safer we were with the items out if reach.... (this was after the same flight attendant fully confirmed with each and every passenger that their seatbelt was indeed on and fastened. So what do you say? Was this an over zealous safety expert? A rarely appreciated employee on a power trip? Or have the FAA rules really become this stringent?