According to an ABC News report, there really could be serious safety issues related to cellphones and other personal electronic devices (PED) in use on aircraft.
They pointed to a report by the International Air Transport Association, a trade group representing more 230 passenger and cargo airlines worldwide that documents 75 separate incidents of possible electronic interference that airline pilots and other crew members believed were linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices.
The report covers the years 2003 to 2009 and is based on survey responses from 125 airlines that account for a quarter of the world's air traffic.
> Twenty-six of the incidents in the report affected the flight controls, including the autopilot, autothrust and landing gear.
> Seventeen affected navigation systems, while 15 affected communication systems.
> Thirteen of the incidents produced electronic warnings, including "engine indications."
The type of personal device most often suspected in the incidents were cell phones, linked to four out of ten.
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