Study: 105 million hours of productivity lost due to FAA electronic devices ban

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The DePaul study estimated that the amount of lost productivity due to the FAA's policy has increased by 104 percent since 2010. The report attributed the increase to a jump in the amount of passengers who are using electronic devices and a rapid increase in the technological capabilities of tablets and e-readers.

The FAA has said that the prohibition is a safety precaution against interference with airplane computer systems, though the agency has come under pressure to reverse course the policy from lawmakers after allowing pilots to use iPads in cockpits to record flight data.  

The study estimated that one out of every nine airline passengers is now using a tablet or electronic device during flights.

The FAA has said that it expects to deliver the results of its study of the impact of electronics on flights in July.

At least one lawmaker, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has threatened to introduce legislation to force the change if the agency does not decide to relent on its own. 

The full study can be read here.