What people do on airplanes

Just 10 percent of U.S. airline travelers say they work while on a plane, while most say they relax and pursue leisure activities, a survey indicates.

GO Airport Express, a Chicago ground transportation company that provides airport shuttles to and from O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, polled 640 travelers nationwide about how they prefer to spend their time while on an airplane. The survey found reading for fun tops the list of airplane activities at 32 percent.

Fourteen percent of respondents said they slept when they traveled by plane, 12 percent said they read business books and publications, 7 percent said they watched in-flight movies and 2 percent played computer games. Annoying seat mates rank high on traveler's lists of pet peeves, but only 2 percent of them actually admit engaging other passengers in conversations.

Just 2 percent said they did nothing at all, while 19 percent said they did a combination of all activities listed on the survey -- such as watch their own movies, listen to audio books, knit or work puzzles.

"These results indicate people prefer to use their travel time to relax and pursue leisure activities versus catching up on work," John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express, said in a statement. "However, this may change as more airlines offer low-cost or free in-flight WiFi."


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