Tuesday 16 January 2018

Business Traveller

Two-thirds of passengers prefer to switch off

Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

AIRLINES and travel magazines are always talking about increasing connectivity on flights, but new research suggests that business travellers place more value on switching off than previously thought.

A study by American Express Global Business Travel, which analysed the habits of business travellers in the US, UK and Australia, found two-thirds of those surveyed said they preferred not being connected to wifi while flying, because this allowed them to take a break and unwind.

Just less than a quarter said they liked to work on long-haul flights, while 56pc preferred turning on a movie or reading a book.

Socialising and networking was clearly the last thing on people's minds – just 1pc said they liked to use their time interacting with other passengers. A fifth said being seated behind a child or an infant was the worst place on the plane to sit, followed by the restroom (14pc), next to someone who takes over the armrest (11pc), beside a talkative seatmate (10pc), and next to someone who snores (6pc).

The research sheds light on what expenses managers are willing to pay for. Just 35pc said their companies were willing to pay for the cost of wifi while flying.

Irish Independent

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