Do you want to fly and
airline that allows mobile phone conversations??
|I can see a new booking
preference becoming reality. Just like in the 'old days' where you
had to request, smoking, or non smoking, now we will al have to
request a phone free zone!
A recent survey has revealed
that 86 percent of people are against their fellow passengers being
permitted to use their mobile phones whilst in flight. The survey,
conducted by Skyscanner has found that the majority of people felt
it was ‘annoying to have to listen to other people’s conversations’.
This finding comes just as Virgin Atlantic announced it will permit
mobile phone calls on its New York to London route, becoming one of
the first international airlines to allow the usage of mobiles
Despite the majority of people welcoming advancements in internet
connectivity it appears that the majority of people would prefer to
not have the constant chatter of other people’s conversations when
in confined spaces.
The survey also revealed that if the service was available 48
percent of people would send texts, 35 percent said they would surf
the net, ten percent said they would send e-mails and only six
percent said they would actually make and take a call.
Additionally. only one percent of those interviewed said they would
pay more to fly with a carrier that offered mobile calls.
Skyscanner marketing development manager for Australia Dave Boyte
said flying was the only time we were allowed to truly switch off.
“Now with Virgin’s move into on-board mobile and the introduction of
Wi-Fi on flights in Australia it is only a matter of time before we
are always on call,” Mr Boyte said.