The next time you go flying in Australia (and quite possibly elsewhere), think about this:
You will be a test subject in a giant unauthorised science experiment into flight safety, being conducted by many of the people sitting all around you (and possibly yourself).
The theory being tested is that there is no need to turn your mobile phones off during takeoff and landing. I have observed these quiet scientists on every flight I have taken in recent years. Have you seen it too?
The request from most airlines is simple: Set your device to flight mode and then turn it off prior to takeoff. During landing you again need to turn your device off until advised otherwise.
The reality is that turning the device to flight mode is quick and easy and involves almost no inconvenience. After all a mobile phone is unlikely to take or receive calls at 40000 feet and if it did, people would notice. But turning it off for takeoff and landing, appears to be asking just a little too much. Most people make the value judgement that it makes no difference to safety and the risk of causing disaster is zero, and so the science experiment continues….
Interim results appear to be good. Not sure the authorities are collecting the data though.