As noted by the authors (2 Carnegie Mellon University professors and an expert on electromagnetic issues), a number of recent articles (The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times) and a well publicized PED picture taken of bird ingestion while in flight have done a great disservice to aviation safety. These researchers have documented the deleterious effects of electromagnetic interference with the aircraft GPS systems through their own onboard measurements as well as analyzing the Aviation Safety Reporting Systems (ASRS) data maintained by NASA.
The authors list five important recommendations, all of which merit consideration for adoption by the FAA, NASA and the airlines. One of their suggestions is borrowed from the announcement of Turkish Airlines, to wit: “Mobile phones interfere with the flight instruments and have a negative effect on flight safety.”
One more idea—AIRLINES SHOULD INCLUDE THE POST-GAZETTE ARTICLE IN THEIR IN FLIGHT MAGAZINES and SEAT BACK SAFETY MATERIAL!