According to information from Gogo Inflight, the largest U.S. provider of in-air Wi-Fi, Apple’s devices are the most popular choice on planes, with the iPad being the most popular in-flight device of all. Apple devices are used by 84 percent of flyers, while 16 percent of travelers use Android.
Tablets, unsurprisingly, are the top choice among travelers. 35 percent of passengers who use in-flight Wi-Fi do so on a tablet, while 33 percent use a laptop and 32 percent use a smartphone. Of those who use Apple devices, 36 percent use an iPhone, 59 percent use an iPad, and just five percent use an iPod touch.
Apple reigns supreme over Android in the phone department as well. 73 percent of phones on flights are iPhones, 26 percent are Android, and other smartphones from companies like BlackBerry and Microsoft barely register on the scale.
Gogo Inflight serves airlines like Virgin America, Delta, United, American, US Airways, Alaska, and Frontier, which gives the company a large sample size. Along with statistics on which devices people are using, the company also provided some fascinating information on what people do with their in-flight Wi-Fi.
The majority of folks use in-flight Wi-Fi for surfing the web, but they also check email, browse social networks, read the news, and get information on their destination. Safari, naturally, is the most popular browser used for browsing, with Internet Explorer coming in second, Chrome third, and Firefox fourth.
Have you purchased in-flight Wi-Fi? What do you do on plane trips? Personally, I tend to stay offline, but like many of the flyers who access Wi-Fi, I carry my iPad with me on the flight. There’s no better way to stay entertained than with one of Apple’s tablets! Gogo has also posted a fun infographic, which you can check out here.