Travel Notes: Fliers want their Wi-Fi!


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Wireless Internet on planes has become so essential that some travelers are willing to give up comfort, sustenance and even peace and quiet to get it.

For example, 61 percent of fliers who were questioned said having no Wi-Fi on a flight is worse than sitting in a seat that doesn't recline, according to a survey of more than 2,000 American adults conducted on behalf of Honeywell Aerospace, a division of Honeywell Inc.

The same survey found that 32 percent of passengers say getting disconnected from onboard Wi-Fi is worse than sitting next to a crying baby.

If fliers had to give up a service or comfort to get the best Wi-Fi possible, 32 percent of U.S. travelers chose reclining seats, 42 percent chose snacks and 13 percent said bathrooms.

What can fliers accomplish with access to onboard Internet? One U.S. passenger planned a wedding, according to the survey. Another U.S. traveler received a college acceptance letter while in the air.

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