Put Down That Cell Phone
Here's some breaking news from Orbitz: We hate to fly.
Wow, who saw that coming?
That's the less than shocking result of an Orbitz Travel Survey conducted in late March by the Ipsos Public Affairs Project. According to an Associated Press report, "Asked to cite their 'most problematic' trip experiences, 40 percent of those surveyed cited flight delays and 21 percent said airport security. Only 15 percent said hotel amenities and cleanliness, while 9 percent cited rental cars."
Furthermore, "only 21 percent of those who fly said their travel time has not increased as a result of new security measures such as removing shoes and restrictions on liquids and gels." The survey was conducted among 1,006 adults, 738 of whom had traveled in the past year. Other results:
* 59 percent said the most important factor when choosing an online booking site was "lowest prices"
* A third of the respondents aged 18-34 had traveled three or more times in the past year; 35 percent of those 55 or older hadn't traveled at all.
* Asked to choose between free food and more legroom, legroom stomped reheated-chicken-served-in-a-plastic-tray.
* Married folks travel more than singles ( 61 percent vs. 46 percent reported traveling twice or more in the past year).
I'm tall, married and like low prices so I can relate to most of the findings, but here's one I couldn't fathom: 49 percent of travelers don't want to permit the use of cell phones in flight, while "only" 29 percent would favor them. What?!!? Could there be a more nightmarish scenario than a planeload of people yapping away for hours on cellphones? Maybe those 55-and-olders who didn't travel at all in the past year thought cellphones in flight would be a good idea, but I don't get it.
What's your take on cellphones in flight? Bad idea? Or a realllly bad idea?
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