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More than 70% of British travellers would welcome the opportunity to use their mobile phones in-flight

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By Gillian West | Social media manager

February 25, 2013 | 2 min read

Over 70 per cent of British travellers said they would use their mobile phone during a flight if they had the option according to a poll of 2000 UK consumers.

Conducted by One Poll on behalf of AeroMobile, the survey showed almost half of people would use inflight mobile services to send text messages while 44 per cent would take advantage of using apps such as Facebook and Twitter in-flight.

A third of travellers would choose to surf the internet with a quarter wanting to use the service for online gaming. Just 19 per cent said they would take advantage of in-flight phone reception to make and receive calls.

Head of revenue development at Aeromobile, Kevin Rogers, said the findings show “there is a demand from consumers” to use their handsets in-flight.

In-flight usage is more in demand amongst younger travellers with over 80 per cent of under 35s saying they would use their phones during a flight, compared with just over half of over 55s. Men were found to be more likely to make and receive calls in-flight, with women more likely to use their handset for games and social media.

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