Last updated: 03:27 PM ET, Mon April 22 2013

Americans Say No to Cell Phone Use, Pocket Knives In-Flight

Features & Advice Travel Leaders Group Mimi Kmet April 22, 2013

The majority of Americans are not in favor of cell phone use and airline passengers carrying pocket knives in-flight, according to a Travel Leaders Group  survey. The survey results were released days before the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) starts to allow certain items onboard planes as part of carry-on baggage, including pocket knives with blades less than 2.36 inches long, toy bats, two golf clubs, and ski poles. Those allowances begin April 25.

According to the poll, 73 percent said they do not want pocket knives allowed in airplane cabins. Also, a nearly 80 percent indicated that they do not want fellow airline passengers to be able to make cell phone calls in-flight. Specifically, when asked whether they are in favor or against the TSA’s ruling, 54.8 percent said they don’t think any of the items in the list should be allowed, and another 18.2 percent said they are okay with every item except pocket knives. Regarding in-flight cell phone use, 47.9 percent said they are opposed to it, and 31.3 percent said they are in favor, as long as it is not used for conversations.

The survey asked for opinions on other matters. When asked, “Which of the following TSA security measures would you most like to eliminate?” the top responses were: “removing of shoes” (27.9 percent), “limits on liquids in carry-on baggage” (24.1 percent), and “none, do not eliminate any security measures” (19.8 percent).

When asked, “What is your level of satisfaction with airport security today?” 82 percent indicated that they are satisfied or neutral with today’s security measures. When asked, “Do you ever fly in coach class?” over 94 percent of those polled said “yes.” Of those, 49.5 percent said that what makes coach class uncomfortable is “lack of leg room,” 17.2 percent indicated “seat size,” and 15 percent said “pitch of the seat – person in front of me reclines too much.”

When asked, “How much extra time do you typically allow at the airport before your domestic (U.S.) flight?” the top responses were one hour and 30 minutes (27.5 percent), one hour (27.4 percent) and two hours (21.8 percent).