Ok, so maybe I’m over-exaggerating a little bit but according to ABC News, a recent report by the International Air Transport Association indicates that there does some to be some correlation between personal electronic devices not being turned off during flights and interference with flight instruments in the cockpit.
A report by the International Air Transport Association, a trade group representing more 230 passenger and cargo airlines worldwide, documents 75 separate incidents of possible electronic interference that airline pilots and other crew members believed were linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices. The report covers the years 2003 to 2009 and is based on survey responses from 125 airlines that account for a quarter of the world’s air traffic.
Although the report does not make a direct correlation between electronic devices such as cell phones and ipods, it does indicate that there is some evidence, albeit anecdotal, that such devices truly can interfere with a plane’s instruments.
This could explain why flight attendants have put more emphasis on having passengers turn off devices during flights recently although the dramatic rise in such devices with wider use of smart phones and tablet computers is also a likely culprit.
Nonetheless, while it may never bring a plane crashing out of the sky, it does seem like a smarter alternative would be to put your cell phone away during flight and, oh I don’t know…Read a book?