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Cell Phones on Planes Would Be Irritating, Say Flyers

WE ARE NOT SURPRISED to hear that frequent travelers are not waiting eagerly for cell phone usage to be allowed on flights. The International Airline Passengers Association (IAPA) received 3,000 responses to a survey on the issue. The overwhelming conclusion?

"Allowing passengers to use mobile phones onboard will be a source of great irritation," according to the results. Almost 9 out of 10 respondents (88%) said they would consider it annoying. This was most pronounced in the U.K., with 69.8% of British travelers saying they would be annoyed by in-flight cell phone use. In contrast, the figure for U.S. travelers was 49%. Overall, only 1 in 20 people said they would not be irritated by the use of phones in the air. It's not all negative, however. Although 28% said they feel very strongly about the issue and advocate a full ban on mobile communications, 57% of the survey respondents said communications via text messaging or e-mail would be preferable to a complete ban. Only 9% of respondents agreed that all usage should be allowed, even within set time periods.

Survey Reveals

Couples' True Desires as They Make Their Honeymoon Plans

Brides- and grooms-to-be have told Honeymooner's Review Guide where they would like to go for their honeymoon, and Fiji emerged as the top dream destination, named by 19% of respondents to the online survey. Fiji squeezed out the Hawaiian Islands, which got 18% of the votes, and French Polynesia, with 15%. The poll does not necessarily indicate where couples end up going for their honeymoon, just where they would prefer to go. Budgetary issues often limit destination choices, according to the web site. Among those who completed the Review Guide's post-honeymoon survey, Hawaii ranks as the No. 1 destination. Top Honeymoon Dream Destinations

Are Younger People Open to Packaged Travel?

A study by the United States Tour Operators Association reveals that age and gender matter when it comes to how and why people select packaged travel. USTOA found that consumers aged 18 to 34 are more likely to buy a tour or vacation package than their older (over 65) counterparts, citing a desire to see new or unfamiliar places, find out more about the history or culture of an area, enjoy greater convenience or learn new skills, like cooking or photography. Younger travelers also are most motivated by free hotel room upgrades.

When it comes to gender, the survey found that men are less price-conscious than women, with women more concerned about value, responding well to such inclusions as meals and sightseeing. Women also appreciate the sense of security on a packaged tour, while men prioritize companionship and making new friends as reasons for purchasing a tour or vacation package.