This is an unmitigated disgrace. Let's give the situation a scientific basis by examining and interpreting some data.
Probability of electronic devices causing incident: Low
Consequence of electronic device related incident: Catastrophic
Effect of electronic ban on passengers: minor inconvenience
I interpret risk as a product of probability and consequence, and that low probability times catastrophic consequence evaluates to a risk greater than or equal to moderate ( I'm thinking high, but saying >= moderate to allow for scientific error/bias ).
I think an authority responsible for millions of lives, when balancing moderate risk with minor effect, has the professional duty to err on the side of caution.
Also echoing the earlier poster on the world of difference between allowing 3 certified devices that the pilots have direct control over, compared with 100 random devices scattered throughout an aircraft.
It seems that making laws is something that should not be trusted to politicians.