A survey conducted by Honeywell International’s (HON) Aerospace division, found that passengers are willing to give up comforts for in-flight Wi-Fi.
One-third of around 3,000 people surveyed (most being Americans, but the survey also included some British and Singaporeans) listed Wi-Fi as the most important feature on a flight. Around 80% of those surveyed said that Wi-Fi should always be available during a flight. Roughly 90% of passengers would be willing to give up one feature for Wi-Fi with speeds that are comparable to what people have at home. 60% of passengers would rather have Wi-Fi over a seat that reclines, another 60% would give up being able to chose where they sit for Wi-Fi and 25% would give up six inches of leg room for fast Wi-Fi during a flight. 13% of Americans, 17% of British, and 22% of Singaporeans would be willing to give up the use of a in-fight bathroom for stable Wi-Fi, reports CNN Money.
Airlines have been working to add extra features during flights. Scoot Airlines and AirAsia X allow fliers to upgrade to child-free zones for a little extra cash. JetBlue (JBLU) announced seats with sliding doors that turn them into mini-suites last month and Delta Air Lines (DAL) recently teamed up with New York restaurateur Danny Meyer to bring better food to its flights.