Should more airlines let you make cell phone calls? Perhaps a more important question is “do you want your seat mate to spend the entire flight to Vegas on the phone with their bff?”
Nielsen recently surveyed 8,000 airline passengers in 10 key travel markets around the world and found that around half of Americans say “Yeah, as long as I can make calls too.”
For the rest of the world, the desire to stay connected even while you’re in the air seems to be split along country lines. A little more than half of French, German, Japanese, Swedish and British passengers surveyed said that they’re happy not being able to use their phones while on a plane.
An overwhelming 88% of Indian and 82% of Chinese passengers said that staying connected during a flight is not only important to them, but they’d be willing to pay more for the privilege.
For those who haven’t been keeping up to date with airline regulations, cell phone use is no longer considered dangerous. That leaves the argument for and against the use of cell phones down to noise pollution. Should you allow passengers to make important or emergency phone calls in flight and run the risk of spending a three hour flight next to a Chatty Cathy?
The world still seems largely divided. In the mean time, you can check here to see which airlines allow cell phone use and which do not.
A few other findings by the Nielsen survey:
- The British are the most likely to be bothered about waiting in line at the airport check-in; Swedes are the most chilled
- Having a range of inflight films, music and audio-books on offer matters most to customers from the U.S., India and the U.A.E.
- Japanese flyers are the least keen on hearing updates from the pilot, whereas people from India and South Africa lap up progress reports
- Fast, free Internet access is globally desirable but especially popular in China, South Africa and the U.S.
To read more on the topic, head to Bloomberg.
H/T View From the Wing