No to phones on planes?

Many can’t be without them, but a recent survey shows that business travellers don’t want mobile phones on planes.

The survey was carried out by You Gov for The Business Travel Show, and found that 46% of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed that mobiles should be allowed on planes. Only 23% agreed or strongly agreed that mobiles should be allowed.

Regular business travellers are even more anti-mobiles found the survey, which was conducted between 1 and 10 October. No less than 56% were against using mobiles, and only 16% for.

“The results of the Business Travel Show/You Gov survey make it explicitly clear that the majority of travellers – particularly business travellers – do not want mobile phones on planes,” comments Business Travel Show event director, David Chapple.

Several airlines are believed to be planning to introduce mobile phone use in the future, but the survey suggests they may be wasting their money.

“These figures support the feelings of the International Airline Passengers Association, so it’s interesting to read that airlines such as Air France, BMI and Ryanair are already planning to install and test phone masts ahead of receiving the green light from the Civil Aviation Authority. We are keen to see if in-flight mobile use does take off or whether passenger action will ground it,” adds Chapple.

Telecoms regulator Ofcom launched a consultation on the use of mobiles on planes last week. OnAir, a joint venture between Airbus and the airline industry body SITA, and Aeromobile, a joint venture between the Norwegian telecoms company Telenor and the transport communications company ARINC, are thought to be the main backers.

The Federal Aviation Authority in the USA ruled earlier this month that it would not allow mobile phones on planes for the foreseeable future.

Written by: Nick Purdom


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