A study released this week found 30% of U.S. airline passengers accidentally left their tech devices turned on during flights in 2012.
The study was conducted by the Airline Passenger Experience Assn. and the Consumer Electronics Assn. as a way to aid the Federal Aviation Administration's review of its ban on the use of electronics during flight takeoffs and landings. The FAA in August said the review was coming as a result of "widespread consumer use of portable electronic devices."
Besides finding how often passengers leave their devices turned on during flights, the study also found that nearly all, or 99%, of passengers brought some sort of electronic device on a flight. Of those, 69% said they used their devices during a flight.
“Airline passengers have come to rely on their smartphones, tablets and e-readers as essential travel companions,” said Doug Johnson, vice president of technology policy at CEA, in a statement. “Understanding the attitudes and behaviors of passengers that are using electronic devices while traveling will help the FAA make informed decisions.”