Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Most American Travelers Want To Use Wi-Fi and Cell Phones on Flights

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Sep 07, 2012 12:39 PM EDT

Text Size: A A A

APPLE VS SAMSUNG
Hugo Teso can use his phone to control planes using his hacker software, SIMON on the PlaneSploit app.(Photo : Reuters)

A new survey shows that flyers want to stay connected during their flights. In a world full of technology, it's no surprise that American travelers want to be able to use the internet and their cell phones while on a plane. A new survey shows that travelers want to stay plugged in during their trips.

The survey, conducted by airfare search enging Fly.com, asked 500 U.S. travelers about how they feel about electronic devices on planes. They found that an overwhelming 80 percent of respondents want to be able to connect to the Internet during a flight. Additionally, 66 percent of respondents would like to be able to use their cell phones on a flight.

Share This Story

Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration understand these desires. This is why many airlines already offer wireless services to their passengers. Recently the FAA announced that they will test the effect of cell phones and electronic devices on planes during takeoff and landing, so that they can determine whether or not these devices can be used at all times on a flight.

"Not only do American travelers want to stay 'plugged in' during their flights, but there is also a much higher tolerance for in-flight mobile phone use than we expected," said Warren Chang, vice president and general manager for Fly.com.  "It is good to see that the FAA is looking at ways to satisfy this demand through possible new allowances."

However, passengers and the FAA still understand that there may be risks involved with using a phone on a flight. Fifty-five percent of respondents are concerned about cell phone use putting a plane at risk. Despite the risk, 32 percent of people have admitted to leaving their phones on during a flight by accident or on purpose.

Despite the desire for wireless services on planes, the survey showed that Americans are not willing to pay for in-flight Wi-Fi. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they wouldn't pay anything, while 27 percent said they wouldn't pay more than $5. These stats are understandable as airfares and fees for other things are already getting out of control.

While American travelers want to stay connected, an earlier Fly.com survey showed that less than 5 percent of U.K. pasengers want an in-flight wireless connection.

In other interesting finds from the survey, 46 percent of travelers don't even know why they are asked to turn off their cell phones during flights and while many want to use phones on planes, 38 percent would be annoyed by people talking on them too loudly.

 

 

 

© 2014 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

ADVERTISEMENT

Travel Tips

Barcelona Smoothies

Top 5 Ways to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Eating healthy on vacation is so hard because it's your time to splurge. Here are some tips to help everyone stay on their healthy diet during their next vacation.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Military jets escort Qatar Airways plane to Manchester Airport after passenger bomb hoax

Qatar Airways Flight QR23: 'Hoax Bomb Threat' Had Plane Escorted By Military Jets, Passenger Arrested

Qatar Airways flight QR23 has been escorted by military jets Tuesday after a man was accused of making a hoax bomb threat. Due to the ‘hoax’, concerns were raised about Qatar Airways flight QR23, reports The Daily Mail.

Three-Year-Old Karina Chikitova Saved By Her Puppy

Puppy Saves Girl In Siberian Forest: 3-Year-Old Lost For 11 Days, How Was She Saved By Her Puppy?

Puppy saves girl in Siberian forest may be hard to imagine, but this story did recently happen to a three-year-old who went missing for 11 days. The story of puppy saves girl in Siberian forest happened when the girl went missing inside the Siberian forest, and 11 days later, her dog was able to lead rescuers to her location.

Three Bodies Found By Helicopter In Mt Rainier

Rainier Bodies: Three Bodies Found By Helicopter, From Climbers Who Went Missing In May? Officials Still Searching For Other Bodies In Mt Rainier

Rainier bodies recently found have been spotted on the Washington Mountain, in an area not far from where six hikers disappeared and were thought to have perished earlier this year. On Tuesday, Spokeswoman Patti Wold for Mount Rainier National Park said the Rainier bodies found were recently discovered during recent training flights.

Taser Gun

Mom Sues After 8 Year Old Tased By Police: South Dakota

Mom sues after 8 year old tased by police is a story which is currently causing major debates and concern this weekend. According to The Inquisitr, the story of mom sues after 8 year old tased by police began after a babysitter called 911, since the child grabbed a knife and obviously threatened to harm herself.

Rare whale fossil recovered by search-and-rescue team in LA

Rare Whale Fossil: 16M Years Old, Recovered In California Backyard By Search And Rescue Crews

Rare whale fossil found Friday at about 9:30 a.m. was oddly, recovered by a 10-member search-and-rescue team typically dispatched for recovery operations. The rare whale fossil was recovered on a rock in Rancho Palos Verdes, 500 square miles along the Angeles Crest Highway.

Passenger dies while on board United Airlines flight to Houston

Passenger Dies On United Airlines Flight To Houston: Did Ebola Virus Cause This?

Passenger dies on United Airlines flight to Houston on Tuesday around 9 pm. According to the Houston police, the in-flight death was officially announced at the Bush Intercontinental Airport about 11 pm, 2 hours after the death occurred. Apparently, the passenger dies on United Airlines flight to Houston as he collapsed in the plane’s aisle.

Nationwide Fruit Recall Expands, Including Organic, Listeria Infected Packaging Feared

Fruit Recall: Thousands of Listeria-Infected Fruits Recalled By California Company, Consumers Advised To Check Fruit Labels Before Purchase

Fruit recall expands and U.S. consumers are advised to check carefully labels on fruits before purchase. As fruit recall expands with a Central California company, fruits such as fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold in the U.S. are requiring extra caution before purchase due to concerns over possible listeria contamination.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2014 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics