95 percent say no to in-flight internet

Under five percent of passengers would like internet availability to become common in-flight, according to a survey.

Despite many airlines having realised there’s a pot of gold available for getting web connectivity in-air, it seems that the majority of passengers are less than interested about poking friends on Facebook a mile in the sky.

Presumably the frequent flyers surveyed have not been on a Ryanair flight before. The only distraction from the cattle-shed conditions of a plane, which was interior decorated like a life raft, is downing overpriced alcohol. So personally we quite like the idea of wasting a few minutes online. Though it would be a nightmare to check in on Foursquare.

But only five percent of those asked in the UK wanted to go online.  In fact, 30 percent said they’d avoid hopping on a plane with wi-fi or other data connections.

The main objection is the Trigger Happy TV-esque loud chatting on mobile phones throughout a flight. Though it could drown out the screaming children. Just like on the London Tube network, the concern is losing one of the last havens from being constantly reachable.

Some others think there’s something to be said about the safety, or lack of it, for using devices in air without sending the aircraft into a mid-Atlantic nose dive.  This is perhaps understandable as make-up caked air-hostesses have spent the past few years barking orders at passengers to turn off any form of electronics during take-off, on pain of death.

Unsurprisingly, the price was another factor.  85 percent of those surveyed wouldn’t be happy to pay over a fiver on web access, while less than one percent would consider anything north of ten pounds.  Considering the sky-high prices for sachets of booze, it’s not hard to imagine money-grabbing airlines charging extortionate amounts to get online.

Yet it is still somewhat surprising that so many would not like web services at all.  Ultimately, it seems that despite the results of the Fly.com survey, the majority of airlines are convinced that internet connectivity could be a good earner and have been investing in the technology accordingly.

Not all countries are so keen.  According to the survey, while the Germans have a similar aversion to the web on planes, Spanish travellers are much more receptive.  Around 80 percent want to have that kind of access on their flights.

In America, in-flight wi-fi has been very popular, so it’s likely that European airlines will follow suit.