Results from a recent survey conducted by American Airlines and Hewlett-Packard showed that frequent flyers are more concerned about connecting to the Internet than eating a meal. Over 47 percent of business travelers surveyed chose WiFi as the most important airport amenity, beating out basic needs such as food by nearly 30 percent.
The study surveyed over 1,500 frequent travelers who take over 20 trips a year on at least three airlines. In addition to in-flight connectivity, having enough power to take advantage of the Internet onboard is also important to travelers and 41.4 percent said a dead PC battery was their largest complaint and 26.3 said no place to plug in was their biggest annoyance. Nearly all of those surveyed, 90 percent, said they travel with a notebook and phone and 70.5 percent said they would utilize onboard WiFi with their notebook compared to 19.8 percent who would choose their mobile phone.