Favour In-Flight Phone Access? Depends On How Old You Are
Published on: 7th Jan 2014
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
While 79 percent of travelers over the age of 30 are opposed to in flight cell phone usage (now under consideration by the USA's airline regulator), younger travelers, 18 30 year olds, favor the new perk by 52 percent, according to a recent study.
Of those who added comments to the survey, most older travelers noted they would be fine if fellow passengers texted or engaged in other online activities, but not talking.
Comments one traveler: "(listening) to someone else's over-amped conversation(s) in a confined area that I can't escape from -- not my idea of a relaxing flight."
"Regardless of the FAA's decision, airlines need to review cell phone usage not only as a safety matter, but at how it will affect noise levels and passenger comfort," says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group.
Some 300 travelers in total were surveyed by The GO Group. Of those, 33 were under 30, while the remainder were older.