When flight attendants order travelers to shut off their electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, they disrupt a lot of valuable technological activity.
Well, maybe the activity is not so valuable but there is a lot of it.
More than 105 million hours of activity on electronic devices are expected to be disrupted in 2013 by the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on using such devices during takeoffs and landings, according to a study by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.
The number of lost hours gaming or reading jumped from 51.7 million in 2010, according to the study, which is based on observations of nearly 1,700 passengers on 23 flights.
The study estimates that the use of electronic devices on planes is surging, with more than 35% of travelers using gadgets like electronic tablets and smartphones at some point in a flight, up from 28% in 2012 and 17.6% in 2010.