Flyers don't turn off phones in planes, survey finds

May 9, 2013
Despite rules requiring US flyers to turn off their phones and other electronic devices, many people leave them on, a survey showed Thursday.

Despite rules requiring US flyers to turn off their phones and other electronic devices, many people leave them on, a survey showed Thursday.

The survey released by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and the suggests US regulators could ease the ban, which assumes that electronic devices could interfere with navigation equipment.

The survey found 30 percent of passengers accidentally left an electronic device turned on during a flight, even though they are required to turn them off during takeoff and landing.

When asked to turn off the devices, 59 percent said they always turn their devices completely off, 21 percent of passengers said they switch their devices to "airplane mode," and five percent say they sometimes turn their devices completely off.

Of those passengers who accidentally left a portable device turned on in-flight, 61 percent said it was a smartphone.

Last year, the head of the US agency that regulates telecommunications called for an easing of the ban on using mobile phones and other on airplanes.

The has begun a review of the rules.

The studied the question several years ago but found insufficient evidence to support lifting the ban at the time.

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Moebius
3.1 / 5 (7) May 09, 2013
If people are stupid enough to text while driving, and they are, is there any surprise here?
rfw
2.6 / 5 (5) May 09, 2013
And how many planes have fallen out of the sky or experienced navigation problems as a result of all these phones being left on?

None? None reported here!
eric_in_chicago
2.1 / 5 (7) May 10, 2013
yeah, ummm....

it's amazing how much big bother people will tolerate and how much junk they can be suckered into buying and then they turn around and do this covert act of disobedience!

less than 1% of people will have a clue as to what a Faraday cage is and that all sensitive commercial avionics are shielded with them but yet THEY DEFY ME!
deepsand
2.1 / 5 (7) May 11, 2013
... all sensitive commercial avionics are shielded with them but yet THEY DEFY ME!

Hm-mm; no, that is not the case.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (6) May 11, 2013
And how many planes have fallen out of the sky or experienced navigation problems as a result of all these phones being left on?

None? None reported here!

If cell phones could truly affect an aircraft's electronics, then terrorists would not need bombs.
As a matter of fact several airlines have introduced ipads for on board entertainment.
If anything this rule has to do with listening to announcements during take off and landing.

deepsand
2.1 / 5 (7) May 11, 2013
And how many planes have fallen out of the sky or experienced navigation problems as a result of all these phones being left on?

None? None reported here!

If cell phones could truly affect an aircraft's electronics, then terrorists would not need bombs.

Non sequitur.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (5) May 11, 2013
And how many planes have fallen out of the sky or experienced navigation problems as a result of all these phones being left on?

None? None reported here!

If cell phones could truly affect an aircraft's electronics, then terrorists would not need bombs.

Non sequitur.

Turd Stool
deepsand
2.5 / 5 (8) May 11, 2013
And how many planes have fallen out of the sky or experienced navigation problems as a result of all these phones being left on?

None? None reported here!

If cell phones could truly affect an aircraft's electronics, then terrorists would not need bombs.

Non sequitur.

Turd Stool

Non-substantive and redundant. Typical TROLL CRAP.
dbsi
1 / 5 (1) May 12, 2013
Now, with everyone having a Smartphone, FAA will change the rule, such that every passenger is required to leaving his device turned on all times during a flight, so they can be texted in case of emergencis. :-)

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