Survey: 30% of Airline passengers are forgetting to turn off their phones or tablets before takeoff
posted by Alan F. / May 10, 2013, 3:29 AM
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.
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
Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 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 Totally outdated rule.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 May 10, 2013, 3:58 AM 15
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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 May 10, 2013, 4:57 AM 1
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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 May 10, 2013, 8:28 AM 1
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Oh yes please fill my lungs with that second hand circulated smoke....SMOKING KILLS
posted on May 10, 2013, 3:20 PM 0
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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 May 10, 2013, 3:21 PM 0
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the more concerning thing here is that pilots use their iPads for maps i hope they're not using apple maps
posted on May 10, 2013, 8:30 AM 2
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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 May 10, 2013, 10:34 AM 0
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