FAA ban on electronic devices making us less productive in the air

alaskaairnew_interior_ipadEarlier this year, we wrote a post about flying with our gadgets and wondered if the takeoff and landing restrictions for electronic devices actually had any validity. Several of you chimed in with some insightful comments on the matter.

Now, a report from the USA Today notes that we’re becoming less productive because of the ban on electronic devices — in fact, the article notes that people are set to lose more than 105 million hours of technology activity this year in the air, 104 percent higher than in 2010.

That makes sense, as the market for tablets is continuing to climb dramatically and with more people using smartphones than ever.

It’s true that because of the electronic devices bans, people are technically losing out on valuable work time on their gadgets. In the end, though, that’s still only 60 minutes with takeoff and landing times combined. But I guess that hour can prove valuable for those working around the clock and with nothing else to do but look out the window.

The FAA in August announced plans to establish a group to study the use of portable electronic devices during flight. This interesting article from the New York Times shows how there is no scientific evidence that proves a device can harm a plane’s operations, and cites a NASA report to prove it.

What do you guys and gals think? Are you annoyed by the “no-device” rule or do you not mind disconnecting from the electronic world during takeoff and landing?

Previously on GeekWire: Alaska Airlines adding power outlets to new seats … A Geek’s Guide to international travel … U.S. Air Force deploying 18,000 iPads to replace bulky paper flight manuals … Boeing fills plane with potatoes for WiFi breakthrough

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com/ FrankCatalano

    It gives me thinking time, something that is easy to lose due to peer tech pressure to be always on. Being visibly active is only one measure of productivity. (I’ve also heard that for those who need to review, outline or draft edit documents, there’s this nice glare-resistant, high-resolution technology called “paper” which can be used for at least 30 minutes at a time without losing responsiveness or requiring power.)

  • KyleKesterson

    My concern isn’t in that it conflicts with productivity, however it’s in those last moments of having connectivity that communication is important.

  • Kelly

    I’ve grown up flying on planes and since its always been the standard rule, it’s never bothered me. To me the take off & landing is usually distracting enough to where I wouldn’t be doing anything other than maybe texting during that time anyway.