- May 10, 2013
I have long taken the position that I don’t turn off my gadgets while on an airplane, and it looks like I’m not the only one. A new report was released this week by the Consumer Electronics Association, and it showed that nearly a third of airline passengers forget to turn off their gadgets.
And that’s the least of the bad news in the report.
The report is based on a survey conducted in the middle December 2012, during the peak Christmas travel time. the survey showed that a full 21% of respondents don’t actually turn off their gadgets during takeoffs and landing but instead switch their devices to airplane mode, with another 5% indicating that they sometimes turn their devices completely off. Just over half the the fliers that responded to the survey (59%) said that they actually turn their devices completely off.
If you add up those 3 stats you might note that there is another 15% unaccounted for. I’m given to understand that that group was unsure whether they had turned off their gadgets, with about 1% reporting that they hadn’t brought a gadget with them while traveling in the past 12 months.
And to make matters worse, 30% of fliers reported elsewhere in the survey that they sometimes forgot to turn off their gadgets. About 2/3 of the respondents never forgot, with the rest not sure whether they always remembers to shot down their devices.
Do you realize what this means?
Now I understand why air travel has died out, and why every flight in the past few years has crashed. The actual compliance rate for this particular regulation is 59%, or to put it another way 2 out of 5 airline passengers are either intentionally or inadvertently committing acts of terrorism.
Yes, it is that bad, but luckily I also have a solution.
I think guns should be issued to flight attendants so they can summarily execute anyone who leaves a gadget on during the critical parts of a flight. It’s clearly the only way to make sure we’re safe. And just to be fair, the folks who forget to turn off their gadgets should be executed twice.
Who’s with me?
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