A new confidential report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), meant to evaluate whether in flight cell phone usage and other electronic devices can really interfere with airplanes. The report is based on surveys returned by employees of 125 airlines covering flights from the years 2003 to 2009. Out of that sample, 75 incidents were identified as examples of possible electronic interference. On the basis of those incidents, "there really could be serious safety issues related to cellphones and other PEDs."
One case involved a 747 flying at 4,500ft whose automatic pilot disengaged by itself. When flight attendants went through the cabin they found four passengers still using their electronic devices. Once switched off, the flight carried on without incident. The study described how 'a clock spun backwards and a GPS in cabin read incorrectly while two laptops were being used nearby.
True or not i personally feel that the usage of electronic devices should be avoided during flight and for the sake of security. Airlines do request passengers to turn of their personal devices during flight take off and landing but i wish IATA brings in stricter policies against the use of devices and bring in more awareness. The last thing a passenger wants is to have his electronic devices checked in along with his baggage or to have them sealed and handed over to the crew and made to collect at the baggage collection area.
Just turn off that damn electronic device!!!!!