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Passengers don’t want to pay for wi-fi

According to a new survey, passengers believe they should not pay extra for wi-fi on flights.

The Holiday Extras survey found that a massive 84% of more than four thousand travellers surveyed would prefer not to have inflight internet access than pay extra for the privilege.

25% even thought that it was inappropriate to charge because access to the internet is fast becoming a human right. 

27% of men and 23% of women felt that they would make productive use of wi-fi access on a flight, whereas others surveyed were ambivalent about the effect of access, stating that they would choose to ignore emails while they ate their inflight meal or watched a film. 10% admitted that knowing they had access to their emails and work would mean that they could not fully relax.

James Lewis, head of partnerships for Holiday Extras said: “There is undoubtedly an appetite for internet connectivity on planes but price could be the stumbling block.”

“Of course, airlines need to be sure that the cost of providing wi-fi on board can be justified; there’s no doubt that it’s a necessity for business travellers, but most holidaymakers like to utilise the time before the flight and the flight itself to get into the holiday mood – making the most of their valuable leisure time.”

 

Would you use wi-fi on a flight? And would you pay for the privilege?

New gadget to prove mishandling of parcels

DropTag image from Cambridge Consultants

DropTag image from Cambridge Consultants

A new gadget has been developed to recognise when a package, suitcase or any other form of parcel has been dropped or mishandled in transit. 

DropTag has a motion sensor which detects mishandling of packages and will also send a warning message to the owner’s phone via the accompanying app.

The new device, which has just been granted a patent, looks set to have many useful applications if developed more fully. Read the full story on Villaseek.

Skyscanner release travel info forum

Good to read that Skyscanner have launched a travel information forum. We’re big fans of Skyscanner here on the site – they’re an excellent place to search for cheap flights, especially within Europe. It’s excellent if you’re flexible on flight dates / times and don’t mind exactly where you’d like to go on holiday.

Travel Chaos before Christmas in the UK

It’s not been a great week for travel and transport from the UK. The Guardian reports that there will be a full investigation of the train breakdowns that brought Eurostar to a halt for three days.

And the Scottish air carrier Flyglobspan have gone bust — with RyanAir jumping on the bandwagon to offer rescue packages to those affected.

At least the British Airways cabin-crew strike has been called off. BA won a high-court injunction that ruled the strikes would be against the law.

Courtesy of Flickr User BribriTO

Courtesy of Flickr User BribriTO