Cellphones and Flying: Many Thumbs Down
Many of us hate the idea of cellphones being allowed in-flight. We all knew this was the case, didn't we?
Well, the good folks at the International Airline Passenger Association (IAPA) conducted a survery to find out just how much we hate the idea, and the results are interesting: We don't just sort of hate the idea, we really, really, really hate the idea.
According to the organization, "The overwhelming conclusion is that allowing passengers to use mobile phones onboard will be a source of great irritation. Almost 9 out of 10 respondents (88%) said they would consider this to be annoying. This was most pronounced in the UK, with 69.8% of British travelers saying they would be annoyed by in-flight mobile phone use. By contrast, the figure in the U.S. was 49%. Overall only 1 in 20 people said that they would not be aggravated by the use of phones in the air."
Furthermore, the study says: "Although 28% felt very strongly about this issue and advocated a full ban on mobile communications, 57% of the people who answered the IAPA survey felt that communications via text or email would be preferable to a complete ban. Only 9% of respondents felt that all usage should be allowed, even within clearly defined time periods."
More than 3,000 frequent fliers responded to the survey.
I'm wondering, though: If nearly half the U.S. respondents would find it annoying, that means half would be okay with it (okay, you don't have to be a math whiz to figure that out). I get annoyed listening to people on cellphones in the grocery store -- just pay and get out, will ya? Listening to chattering in the seats all around me would drive me bonkers. A part of me just wonders who the heck everyone is talking to, and I can see (or hear) bored teenagers on a long flight yappin' crosscountry to pass the time.
The one thing I'm not sure about is texting. Would that be annoying on a flight? And are you pro or con cellphones on flights?
By John Deiner |
November 16, 2007; 10:06 AM ET
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