80pc travellers think allowing mobiles on planes is crazy

September 29th, 2008 - 6:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Sept 29 (ANI): A new survey has revealed that four in five travellers believe that if mobile phones were allowed to function on planes, it would drive them crazy.

Surveyors from the website totaltravel.com asked 1490 people over four weeks whether mobile phone usage should be allowed on aircraft.

They said that over 80 percent of the respondents answered negatively, reports news.com.au.

According to them, the respondents said that if they had to listen to fellow passengers talk on their mobile phone for hours, it would irritate them to no ends.

The survey discovered that only 11 percent were agreeable with the idea, stating that it would be good for business and phoning family and friends, and seven percent did not care either way.

Even with a majority saying no to the idea, totaltravel.com global marketing manager Paul Fisher said that people might have to get used to the idea.

Emirates has already introduced the idea on its planes this year, becoming the first airline to introduce in-flight mobile phone services on a Boeing aircraft.

Qantas is evaluating new technology that will allow customers to use the Internet and email, and send and receive text messages from mobile phones or laptops. (ANI)

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