Travel Web Site's Travel Companions Feel Mobile Phones Should Not Be Cleared for Take-off

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More than 78% of travel companions tell travel Web site that they oppose the prospect of mobile phones usage on planes., a [travel Web site designed to provide [travel companions with an online community, asked 1,300 regular international travellers how they felt about the imminent reality of mobile phone usage on planes and over 78% were opposed to the prospect.

As early as mid-Summer airlines including Ryanair and Emirates will be exploiting cutting edge technology from British company AeroMobile to offer passengers the option of making calls and sending text messages on flights. Further airlines including BA and Virgin Atlantic are also considering implementing the new system on their planes.

However, whilst some airlines believe this service will enhance the passenger experience, has discovered that it could well be a move that spectacularly backfires on the airlines choosing to pursue it. spokesman Alastair Banks gave his view on the findings of the survey:

"We have had numerous members and [travel companions writing to us expressing their dismay at the prospect of mobile phone usage on planes. The majority believe this scheme is pandering to the business traveller at the expense of the holiday maker."

Website member Lucy Nicholls put forward her view:
"It's bad enough when you are forced to listen to other peoples' conversations, ring tones and message alerts on trains. The thought of the same problem on a long distance flight when you are in a cramped chair and possibly trying to sleep is just a nightmare."

Fellow travel companion Paul Cranley said:
"My wife is scared of flying and finds the whole experience very traumatic. The idea of her having to listen to someone else on the phone as well as coping with the other stresses of the flight is too much -- I can categorically say that we would not fly with any airline that goes ahead with this scheme."

Alastair continues:
"It's clear from our survey that airlines need to carefully consider the social impact of this new technology. Designated mobile free periods would help; however they would by no means negate the issue as many people are clearly opposed to any mobile activity whatsoever."

Editor's Notes:

  • is rapidly becoming the travel Web site of choice for Gap Year Travellers, Career Breakers and Adventure Travellers.
  •     The ethos behind the creation of TC is that travellers and those thinking of travelling can get real time information from one another without the need to rely on guidebooks which quickly become out of date, can be biased, and also cost money.
  •     Each member has a profile page enabling members to find other like-minded individuals to contact, and potentially with which to travel.
  •     As members travel, the travel Web site will track their progress, using global IP recognising system to monitor which country they are in.
  •     Members can contact fellow travellers in future destinations to get up to the minute, unbiased advice on where to go, what to see and what to avoid when they get there.
  •     The site not only allows individuals to contact one another for advice but also allows them to create a free online travel blog (journal) with which to diarise their travels. Each time the travel blog is updated friends and family are sent an update email so that they can keep abreast of the latest adventure.
  •     When they return from their travels members, can chose to have their [travel blog professionally printed and bound as a unique souvenir.
  •     Affiliated with some of the biggest names in travel including Lonely Planet, Hostel World & STA Travel.
  •     As featured in numerous international publications.

For more information about finding travel companions and travel Web site, please visit For further details please contact at 0845 029 16 16, or Andrew Kings: 07939 256313.

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