A survey by leading global travel search site Skyscanner has found that 61% of flyers want to use their mobile devices in-flight while 33% immediately turn on their phones as soon as they touch down.
“These findings are based on a study conducted on behalf of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the Aviation Rulemaking Committee which revealed that the ban on the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as smartphones and laptops could be set to end, after a US scientific study found no reason why they should be turned off during take-off and landing,” says Janet Ranola, Philippine Marketing Manager for Skyscanner. “Also, other PEDs, like tablets can be used safely while a plane is taxiing, taking off, landing and while at a cursing altitude.”
Local flag carrier, Philippine Airlines already offers in-flight wi-fi and technology for its passengers to make and receive calls during its long-haul flights. Cebu Pacific has also recently introduced in-flight wi-fi on its new Airbus A330-300 aircraft.