Travelers Reject Phones on Planes, Skyscanner Reveals

25 May 2012 11:55am
Travelers Reject Phones on Planes, Skyscanner Reveals

A large majority of travelers would rather mobile phone use were not permitted on planes, a new survey from flight comparison site Skyscanner has revealed.

A surprisingly high proportion of people, 86 percent, said it would be 'annoying to have to listen to other people's conversations'. Only 1 percent of respondents said they would pay more to fly with an airline that offered mobile calls.

The overwhelming result comes just after Virgin Atlantic announced it would be the first British airline to allow mobile phone calls during flights on its London to New York route. Calls made in-flight will cost GBP1 a minute and sending a text will be 20 pence, significantly more than when on terra firma, meaning that business users are likely to be the primary market for the new facility, at least to begin with.

Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner Travel Editor commented: "In a world where we are now almost always 'on call', it seems people don't want to say good-bye to their last sanctuary of non-connectivity. Flying allows us to switch off for a few hours, both from our own calls, and other people's.

Even though many people welcome improvements in general internet connectivity allowing them to jump online in more and more places around the world, there appears to be a markedly different attitude when it comes to mobile phone conversations in confined spaces.

If mobile use were available onboard, 48 percent said they would send texts, 35 percent said they would surf the web, 10 percent would send email, while only 6 percent would actually make and take calls.

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