More Americans are Flying in 2014

Published 06/05 2014 03:05PM

Updated 06/05 2014 03:08PM

As many Americans have planned or are planning their vacations, more travelers are expected to fly in 2014. According to a TripAdvisor survey of 4,300 respondents, 93% plan to take a domestic flight this year up 4% from 2013, and 63% plan to fly internationally up from 55% last year.

Biggest improvements in air travel:
1. More streamlined check-in process – 38%
2. Easier booking – 36%
3. More streamlined security process – 32%

Top complaints about air travel:
1. Uncomfortable seats / limited legroom – 73%
2. Costly airline fees and ticket prices – 66%
3. Unpredictable flight delays – 45%

Use of mobile devices to research flight prices or check in before takeoff continues to rise year-over-year with travelers using their smartphones to:
· Check flight status – 69% of respondents, up from 56 percent in 2013
· Check in to flights – 55%, up from 38 percent in 2013
· Research flight prices – 48%, up from 36 percent in 2013

81% would be opposed to the FAA allowing in-flight cellphone use.

Top Carry-On Essentials
· Reading materials – 77%
· Medication – 53%
· iPad/Tablet – 52%

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