Frequent fliers heed attendants' instructions to turn off cellphones, Blackberries and iPods about as keenly as they study their laminated safety cards before takeoff.
How to survive a flight without their "personal electronic devices?"
But a new industry report obtained by ABC News suggests our gizmos pose a real safety threat to the planes that carry us.
The survey of responses from 125 airlines documents 75 cases in which pilots and other crew members experienced electronic interference and blamed it on passengers using their mobiles and other electronic gadgets.
Think navigation systems, auto pilot and landing gear gone haywire. Now put down the phone.
Maybe pick up a book instead?
In one case, after auto pilot disengaged by itself at about 4500 feet, flight attendants were sent into the cabin to look for Blackberry and iPod thumbing rule-flouters, and found one handphone and three iPods in use.
Crew members took to the public address system and told passengers to quit it for the "safety of the flight," which then continued "without any further incident."
Does the report sway you? Or do you insist on Rihanna and Angry Birds accompanying your flight, damn the consequences?Report Typo/Error