Nearly 30 percent of the air travelers who participated in a 2013 survey admitted to “accidentally” leaving their personal electronic devices on during airplane take-off and landing, despite the instructions regarding switching off such devices.
The survey of 1,629 adult air travelers who own electronic devices was conducted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The survey also found that just 59 percent of the respondents turned their electronic devices off every time during take-offs and landings.
A report by The Wall Street Journal also had similar findings.
The CEA survey shows another aspect of the debate on the ban on in-flight electronic devices during take-offs/landings – that it is widely ignored by passengers.
The US Federal Aviation Administration announced a working group on the subject of the use of electronic devices during the flights. The results are expected later in 2013.