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Most Aussies are turned off by the ability to switch on in the air

August 27, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Research by identifies that the majority of Australians are opposed to a future of mobile phone use on planes for making phone calls while flying.

EBB830F2-7DB2-4D5A-AA86-626B3FD74C79In a survey of over 5700 Australians, 79 per cent of travellers said they would not like a future where mobile phones were allowed to be used on flights, and 87 per cent of travellers said they believed mobile phone use on flights would be disrespectful to others.

According to spokesperson Louise Ryan say most are opposed to mobile phone use on flights:

“The strong figures against mobile phone usage on flights highlight that – although we live in a 24/7 digital world – many people like the idea of the freedom of ‘switching off’ their phone while in the air and don’t necessarily want to have the temptation to switch on”.

However, it remains to be seen whether Aussies could resist the temptation of switching on while flying if it became available to them, with 89 per cent per cent of those surveyed admitting they travel with their mobile phones, and of those, almost one-third (28 per cent) admitting they’d feel anxious if they travelled without their phone.

*According to’s 2014 Travel + Lifestyle Report which surveyed 5,700+ Australians.

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