Americans Divided on Airplane Cell Phone Use, According to New BTS Special Report

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on August 7, 2008

News release: “Americans are divided on whether cell phones should be allowed during flights, with people age 65 and older more likely to oppose their use than those between 18 and 34, according to a new Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) special report using survey data on opinions about the transportation system. BTS, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that four out of 10 U.S. residents (39.7 percent) responded in November 2007 that passengers should definitely or probably be allowed to use cell phones if there were no interference issues with aircraft communications systems. Slightly less than half (45.2 percent) said they definitely or probably should not be used. The remaining 15 percent said they weren’t sure.”

  • Opinions on Cell Phone Use on Airplanes, Congestion, and Telecommuting—from the 2006 and 2007 Omnibus Household Survey
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