The survey showed that in addition to entertaining kids, which 26 percent of respondents ranked as most important, flyers are also eager for more time to catch up on email (24 percent) and read books (17 percent).
As airlines seek individual approval from the
"For years, DISH customers have enjoyed TV on their tablets and
smartphones using DISH apps," said
Sentiment on current personal device use on planes ranged drastically. In addition to the 11 percent who said they experience "separation anxiety," 44 percent said they "use it until the last possible second." On the other side of the spectrum, 30 percent said they "can't wait to turn the thing off for once." Meanwhile 14 percent admitted that they usually forgot to turn off their device, even before the ruling.
These questions and others were posed to flyers in a DISH-commissioned
survey conducted by Research+Data Insights. The survey was designed to
track consumer sentiment in light of the FAA's announcement
DISH has taken several steps over the past year to provide entertainment options for flyers. In July, DISH announced a partnership with Southwest Airlines to provide free access to live TV and on-demand programming. Most recently, DISH began lending iPads to Southwest flyers traveling between select routes. While these offers are unique to Southwest, Hopper customers can enjoy programs while flying on other airlines by transferring programs from their Hopper with Sling to their device via Hopper Transfers. This enables them to view their content during all portions of the flight, not just when Wi-Fi is enabled.
The survey was conducted among 744 adult air travelers 18 or older
nationwide. Responses were given online on
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