Air travellers are in favour of a continuing ban on the use of mobile phones in aeroplanes, according to a survey commissioned by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA).
Of the 702 people surveyed, 63 per cent opposed the lifting of mobile phone restrictions, while only 21 per cent wanted to use their phones during a flight. If the ban is lifted, 70 per cent would want separate 'non-phone' seating sections.
The principal objection to the use of phones in aeroplanes, according to the poll, is 'annoyance'.
"Clearly, air travellers understand that cell phones in the close quarters of a commercial aircraft would not only compromise their comfort but their safety as well," said Pat Friend, president of the AFA.
The use of mobile phones in mid air is currently banned because the signal allegedly interferes with navigation instruments. But the US Federal Aviation Commission and the European Commission are considering lifting the ban.
By 2006 Airbus expects its planes to be equipped with wireless technology that allows for the use of mobile phones and computer equipment. Boeing already provides high speed Wi-Fi services on some aeroplanes for Lufthansa, SAS, Japan Airlines and ANA.
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