According to an online survey by business travel
specialist Corporate Traveller, most travellers donít want
voice calls to be allowed inflight.
An overwhelming number of travellers who
took part in the online poll, voted against mobile phones being
used for anything but silent activities such as emailing, texting
and internet browsing.
A total of 710 people took part in the
survey that asked travellers what should passengers be allowed to
use their mobile phones onboard for.
- 624 people or 88% of respondents said mobile
phones should only be used for texting, emailing and internet
- 86 people or 12% of people believed voice
calls, texting, emailing and internet browsing on mobiles should
be allowed onboard.
Corporate Traveller marketing
manager Jerome Bamminger said that although the service was being
offered on certain routes already, travellers feared voice calls
would detract from the onboard experience.
90% of the travellers that voted in our poll were against phones
being used for voice calls. That outcome gives a pretty clear
indication of how travellers involved in this online survey feel
about the idea of calls being made onboard aircraft,Ē Jerome said. ďAs a
business travel specialist we know that many of our clients who
travel frequently for business are looking for some quiet time
when theyíre on a flight. Generally business travellers are
catching up on sleep or work or preparing for a meeting, so
sitting next to someone talking on the phone for a long time could
be disruptive ... In saying that however, there would
still be many executives that need to stay connected at all times,
and itís this kind of service and connectivity that could
influence the purchasing decisions of corporate customers that
like to have all their communication channels available 24/7.Ē
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