A couple of weeks ago, I polled you for your thoughts on using your mobile phone to talk to people whilst in the air.
Well I’ve had 10 minutes now to sift through the results.
And to group it all up into a simple Yes/No/Emergencies
Data – Ghettoife Poll – http://economyclassandbeyond.boardingarea.com/2012/05/19/poll-in-flight-mobile-phone-use-whats-your-view/ – See notes at the bottom of this post.
So what do we learn?
- It seems the majority of those who voted don’t want phone calls on the plane, with 59% of the votes casting “No” in various different ways
- Emergency use was the next highest polling subject, but this is down to that wonderful thing of “What do you define an emergency”. That’s enough to keep any planner in knots for months on end.
- For those of you who said yes:
- Cost of these services is always going to be an issue. Considering how much roaming charges are normally, I’d expect this to end in pain.
- The three of you with the common decency to take your call away from your seat – thank you.
- And the three who voted “Don’t know you who I am?”. No. I don’t 😀
- And I need to invest in ducktape shares as over 48% of those who voted wished to ducktape the person on the phone onto the wing. Although Speed Tape is probably a better bet if you want them stuck to the wing in the long term 😉
In-flight use of mobile phones to talk to people is contentious – end of matter. There will be a group who need to be connected to the world, a group who want peace and quiet and a group who want it for peace of mind.
Airlines are going to have have to tread a very fine balance of use (such as having an area to make calls on the plane, enforced silent mode at night, etc), or limit it to data services and text services.
And would I want to make a call in the air? Even in an emergency, I’d probably say no. I still value peace and quiet in the air.
And that brings me nicely onto this week’s poll that is closing on Sunday 08:00BST. And this week, I’m asking “What’s your ideal seating configuration down the back of a Boeing 777?”
If you’ve sat in the back of a 777 to be confronted with the hell of 10 seats in a row looking back at you, this is a poll that you’ll want to make your voice heard on….
Boring notes on the data above.
Data was collected between May 19, 2012 and May 26, 2012. Collected data was transferred to Microsoft Excel and validated for the post count, before using Exce’s rendering engines to create graphs, check values and check percentages as the poll tool isn’t 100% correct.
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