Britons oppose on board mobile phone calls

by Ella FAIRCHILD on May 23, 2012

Almost nine out of ten UK travellers are opposed to an introduction of phone calls on flights, as suggested by a new survey.

The poll, which was carried out by Skyscanner – one of the internet’s leading flight comparison websites – follows an announcement from Virgin Atlantic that the airline will become the first-ever British carrier to provide the service. At least 86 per cent of those questioned said that they would object fliers making telephone calls as it would be annoying to have to listen to the conversations of other people whilst flying.

Around half said that they would utilise the service for sending text messages while an additional 10 per cent explained that they would use a smart mobile telephone to send emails only. Lastly, just six per cent would either make or receive calls.

The poll of roughly 2,000 readers showed that over 30 per cent of Britons believe in-flight phone calls are a good idea. Skyscanner’s travel editor, Mr Sam Baldwin, commented that in a world where people seems to be almost always on call, some find it hard to say goodbye to the last existing sanctuary of non-connectivity.

As reported last week, Virgin is to launch a service on its flights between the UK capital London and the US’ largest city, New York, but wishes to extend it to nine more routes by the end of 2012. Fliers will be charged £1 per minute to make a voice call, while an SMS text message will set back passengers 20 pence.

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