Wed, May 23, 2012
A new survey from Skyscanner found that 86% of people don’t want cell phone use to be allowed on planes.
This comes just days after Virgin Atlantic announced it would be the first British airline to allow cell phone phone calls during flights, on its London to New York route. The calls will cost 1 pound (about $1.50) a minute and sending texts will be 20 pence each.
People cite the fact that it’d be annoying to have to listen to other people’s conversations as the main reason they’re against cell phone use on flights.
If cell phones were available on flights, 48% said they would send texts, 35% said they would surf the web, 10% would send email, and only 6% said they’d actually make calls.
And just 1% of people said they’d pay more to fly with an airline that offered cell phone use.
Skyscanner’s Travel Editor, Sam Baldwin said he thinks it’s “inevitable” that within a few years, making cell phone calls at 35,000 feet will be commonplace on all airlines.
What’s your opinion on cell phone use on planes? Helpful convenience? Or annoying disruption?