Indians want mobile phone on planes – poll

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The majority of Indian travellers want to use their mobile phone in-flight, according to a new poll. 

Indians want mobile phone on board

The survey by travel search site Skyscanner found that 63% of Indian travellers want mobile phones on plane. Close to 51% of air travellers in the Asia Pacific region would like to be able to use their mobile phones while flying. This is in stark contrast to a similar survey in the UK, which found that 86% of British travellers were opposed to in-flight mobile use. In Asia-Pacific, respondents from ‘Western’ nations (Australia and New Zealand) were also largely against the idea, with only 25% and 28% of people in each country respectively wanting in-flight mobile use. Close to 59% respondents from Indonesia opted for mobile phone usage.

“The move by Emirates is a bold one and is something that travellers will no doubt find a talking point over the coming months,” said Kavitha Gnanamurthy, Skyscanner’s Market Development Manager for India. The survey results help highlight the fact that Indian travellers are very much in favour of using mobile phones in-flight, as compared to other Asian travellers who aren’t excited by this trend.  Indians find it important to stay connected with family and friends and thus it comes as no surprise that they back Emirates Airlines’ recent announcement.”

The Skyscanner survey follows the roll-out of in-flight mobile services by Emirates.
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