What do we want? On-board internet! When do we want it? NOW!
The young folk have spoken – 75% of 18 to 24 year olds would like access to the internet on board all flights, with only 13% of all adult age groups disliking the idea.
Tech firm FirstSource asked 2,000 UK adults whether they would like to have in-flight internet if it was free or “at a reasonable cost” (it didn’t ask WHAT they would be willing to pay).
Exactly half of the respondents said they would like access on flights, with 32% of over-55s giving the idea the thumbs-up.
Of the 13% that scoffed at the idea, two-thirds said they did not want to be disturbed by emails or be expected to respond when they are travelling by air.
While the some airlines, especially in the US, are starting to introduce such services, in Europe carriers are so far much slower to launch web connectivity for passengers.
Research firm In-Stat reckons the carriers in the US that have started offering internet access are expected to capture around $225 million in connection charges during 2012, a sizeable jump from the $155 million collected in 2011.
The number of passengers in the US using such services is likely to hit 10% this year, up from 4% in 2010 and 8% in 2011.
NB: Mobile aircraft image via Shutterstock.
Kevin is senior editor and a co-founder at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and publishes his first book - a biography about Depeche Mode - in early-2017.