On more than one occasion, I have tossed my wifi only iPad into my carry-on, completely forgetting to turn it off, then proceeded to gate check the carry-on, the iPad thus remaining turned on the entire flight. (Last flight I remembered, but after the cabin doors were closed and too late to do anything about it). Additionally, it is a bit annoying that I can't listen to my iPod (transmitting and receiving is an impossibility) until we're in the air and crusing. Some F/A's won't even let me keep the earbuds in my ear, even if they are unplugged from my device. I'm encouraged by the news that the FAA intends to lighten up on this. Thanks for posting the article.
Truth is people forget to turn off electronic devices all the time. I have forgotten to turn off my phone before. With so many devices and so many of them accidentally or purposely being left on during taxi, takoff, flight, and landing, with no planes falling out of the sky it is about time for this.