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61% of travellers want to use mobile devices on planes

October 23, 2013 Social Media No Comments Email Email

A recent survey by leading global travel search site Skyscanner has found that one third of travellers turn on their mobile devices as soon as their flight touches down.

71% of travellers admitted that they turn on their mobiles devices before going through airport security, and 6% resisted all temptation until they got home.

The findings come as the ban on the use of phones and laptops during take-off and landing could be set to end, after a US scientific study found that there should be no reason to do so.

The study, conducted on behalf of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the Aviation Rulemaking Committee concluded that portable electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and e-readers could be used safely while a plane is taxiing, taking off and landing, as well as at cruising altitude.

Last month, Singapore Airlines launched its first flight with inflight connectivity which allows passengers to use mobile devices for calls and texts.*

Dave Boyte, Market Development Manager Australia and New Zealand commented, “This is great news for travellers who are just itching to stay connected while they are in the air, especially business travellers, who can use travel time productively”.

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