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Survey: 30% of Airline passengers are forgetting to turn off their phones or tablets before takeoff

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Survey: 30% of Airline passengers are forgetting to turn off their phones or tablets before takeoff
It is no secret that the FAA is considering changing the rules that force owners of portable electronic devices, like a smartphone or tablet, to turn off their devices prior to takeoff and landing. Considering that pilots now use Apple iPad tablets in the cockpit instead of paper maps, we'd say that the worry that a smartphone left on is going to bring down an airliner has been overdone. Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association has discovered some interesting things.

During the survey period, 69% of those who carried a portable electronic device (PED) onto a plane, used them in flight, while 30% accidentally left their PED on during the course of a flight. 61% of the devices that were left on by accident were smartphones. And prior to takeoff, when the flight crew asks those with such devices to turn them off, only 59% make sure that they have turned their smartphone or tablet or laptop completely off. 21% say they simply switch their PED to airplane mode, which shuts down the radios inside the unit but leaves them powered up.

"Airline passengers have come to rely ontheir smartphones, tablets and e-Readers as essential travel companions. Understanding the attitudes and behaviors of passengers that are using electronic devices while traveling will help the FAA make informed decisions."-Doug Johnson, vice president of technology policy, CEA

The study is going to be turned over to the FAA to help guide the agency in drafting new rules which are expected to be released in July. 40% of airline travelers say that they would like to be able to use their devices during all aspects of a flight including takeoff and landing. The most commonly used PED during flights is the smartphone which accounts for 28% of such devices. That is followed by laptops with 25% of inflight PED use. Tablets and MP3 players scored a tie, each accounting for 23% of device use on a plane. E-readers finished last with a 13% talley. The survey was taken between December 14th and December 18th of last year.

Current rules will probably get changed, but it will happen too late for some people. Who can forget that Alec Baldwin got kicked off an American Airlines flight in 2011 for refusing to turn off his Apple iPhone with which he was playing a game of Words with Friends. Baldwin refused to listen to the flight crew's demand that he turn off his handset prior to take off.

scource: CEA via AllThingsD

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posted on 10 May 2013, 03:45 13

1. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


People aren't forgetting , they just don't care. Same goes with texting while driving which is actually dangerous as opposed to the flying rule.

posted on 10 May 2013, 03:58 15

2. deacz (Posts: 149; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Yea I never turn off my stuff, flight mode on and put it away for a bit soo I dont get bitched at. Totally outdated rule.

posted on 10 May 2013, 05:52 1

6. buccob (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Me too... I really would like a deep explanation for this rule to still be current.

posted on 10 May 2013, 04:22

3. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


How stupid is to carry out a study on such subject??........no body gives a f**k to such announcements in flight......

posted on 10 May 2013, 04:25 1

4. tedkord (Posts: 4507; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Its not forgetting if you're told to turn it off (which you are on every flight) and you decide not to do it.

posted on 10 May 2013, 04:57 1

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2511; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I always film the takeoffs and landings with my camera. And I bet there's someone doing that on every flight! It just simply isn't a safety risk! Planes are filled with other electronics and they receive huge amount of data and everything during the fight too, so why shouldn't we turn the devices off during the flight?

posted on 10 May 2013, 07:29

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1357; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Sometimes, I don't give a damn about turning on airplane mode even if the airline keeps on reminding you since when you're already on your flight you'll also see other people using their devices

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:07 2

8. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


And yet no planes are falling out of the sky. Things that make you go "Hmmm." Or "Duh!" :D

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:28 1

9. FadyNabil (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 May 2013)


I never and never will switch off my devices for a poor designed aircraft.
planes now are a restricted and no fun on it, no smoking, no mobiles, WTF!!
the mobiles and tablets is no problem for me, but smoking, smoking, common OPEN the PLANES for smoking, we pay money for this and we have the rights to do anything.

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:24

11. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


As a smoker I've come to the realization that this will never happen. As far as no mobiles and tablets on, this will all change when they start providing and charging for in flight WiFi.

posted on 10 May 2013, 15:20

15. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1577; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Oh yes please fill my lungs with that second hand circulated smoke....SMOKING KILLS

posted on 10 May 2013, 15:30

17. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


So does whining and complaining. It increases the stress levels in the your body and those that inadvertently hear or read it (second hand whining as it's commonly known)... WHINING KILLS!

posted on 10 May 2013, 15:21

16. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Why should you be allowed to do something on an airplane that puts other people at risk? Not even taking into account the risks of secondhand smoke, the nasty ass smell, and degrading the air quality of a pressurized cabin, I have an asthma attack if someone smokes too close to me out in the open. If someone did so in an enclosed cabin I don't even want to think what would happen.

posted on 10 May 2013, 08:30 2

10. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 913; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


the more concerning thing here is that pilots use their iPads for maps i hope they're not using apple maps

posted on 10 May 2013, 14:24

14. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


If they are the plane will endup in the bermuda triange.

posted on 10 May 2013, 10:34

12. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Say what?! And no catastrophes? Wow, you don't say...

Perhaps they should have just been more forthcoming saying they don't want people using PED's because they can so easily be used in conjunction with other devices like IED's. Of course, if someone did manage to get an IED on board then that would be quite a knock against the, um.. vaunted *cough* security provided by the TSA, mandated by the Dept. Fatherland err, Homeland Security. (And really, what would a trip through an airport be nowadays without a visit to the Probulator 5000 machine operated by Mr. Rapeyhands?)

posted on 10 May 2013, 11:27

13. Omarc07 (Posts: 238; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol ididn't turn of my phone on my last flight with aeromexico when i flew from LAX to Mexico city and the girl that has the little cart that gives out the drinks started talking shyt to me.

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