Most American Travelers Want To Use Wi-Fi and Cell Phones on Flights
Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration understand these desires. This is why many airlines already offer wireless services to their passengers. Recently the FAA announced that they will test the effect of cell phones and electronic devices on planes during takeoff and landing, so that they can determine whether or not these devices can be used at all times on a flight.
"Not only do American travelers want to stay 'plugged in' during their flights, but there is also a much higher tolerance for in-flight mobile phone use than we expected," said Warren Chang, vice president and general manager for Fly.com. "It is good to see that the FAA is looking at ways to satisfy this demand through possible new allowances."
However, passengers and the FAA still understand that there may be risks involved with using a phone on a flight. Fifty-five percent of respondents are concerned about cell phone use putting a plane at risk. Despite the risk, 32 percent of people have admitted to leaving their phones on during a flight by accident or on purpose.