TripAdvisor: More and more people are using mobile devices for air travel


TripAdvisor released results of its annual air travel survey of more than 1,000 U.S. respondents. From there we learn that Americans are flocking to the skies this year as 91% of respondents said they plan to fly domestically in 2012, compared to 84% that did last year. International flights are also on the rise, with 65% planning a flight out of the country, up from 55% in 2011.

When it comes to mobile use, it’s booming as well – here are the key points:

  • Nearly half of all fliers now use a smart phone to check flight status, up from 30% from last year’s survey.
  • 30% report using a device to check-in to a flight, up from 17%.
  • Use of tablets and iPads in-flight are up 15%, with more than one in four travelers now calling theirs a carry-on essential.
  • 58% question whether shutting off electronic devices during takeoff and landing is really necessary. In fact, 40% can remember a time when they’ve left their devices on during flight (accidentally or intentionally).
  • 27% would choose one airline over another if the flight offered Wi-Fi.

The rest of the report talks about favorite airports, passengers’ sociability (or their lack of) and frequent flyers’ favorite things. In other words, not much related to mobile so if you care to know that, you’ll have to look elsewhere — we’re IntoMobile not IntoTravel. 😉

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