With the pervasiveness of technology — between PDAs, cell phones, laptops and wireless — we are all, it seems, tapped in all the time. Except of course, when we fly.
However, all that may soon change as more airlines test Wi-Fi and other communication technologies. But who does this increased connectivity really benefit?
In a survey conducted by Orbitz For Business this month, over half of business travelers declined the demand to be reached at 30,000 feet.
When asked whether they would choose a less convenient or more costly flight in order to have Wi-Fi service, 56 percent of business travelers said no. 36 percent said that while they would like or take a flight with Wi-Fi, they would not be bothered if it wasn’t available. Only eight percent rank wireless service as very important.
On a similar note, cell phone use on airplanes probably won’t ever happen as both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) site safety concerns. However, this seems to be a-okay with frequent fliers as 57 percent of business travelers surveyed oppose cell phone usage in-flight.
Common courtesy and a desire for a peaceful atmosphere seems to be at the heart of this majority. The same survey showed that 84 percent of business travelers try to be as quiet as possible when on the phone and are bothered by those who are not quiet. Likewise, 12 percent of respondents said that they use travel time to try to relax.