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Study: Travelers want wait-time alerts

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The biggest travel headache is getting stuck in a long airport line, and travelers think it’s time that airports do something about it.

In a survey of more than 2,000 travelers, 93 percent said they want airports to warn them about delays and wait times at gates, security checkpoints and customs and passport lines.

More than half of the travelers surveyed (53 percent) said they would even allow airports to anonymously track their mobile devices to give them alerts about wait times they face as they walk through the facility, according to the survey by FlightView, a website that provides real-time flight information.

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport became among the nation’s first this year to install the technology to track smartphones and other electronic devices to gauge and display airport gridlock. About 90 percent of the world’s airports expect to install similar technology by 2017, according to a study by an airline technology company.

FEW AMERICANS JOIN MILE-HIGH CLUB

If you’re a member of the mile-high club, you are among very few Americans who say they have been intimate with a partner on an airborne plane.

If you haven’t, it is most likely because you think airplane bathrooms are too small or too disgusting.

Those are among the findings of an online survey of more than 2,000 adults in the U.S.

The survey conducted by Switchfly, a technology company that powers travel booking and loyalty redemption systems, reported 4 percent of Americans said they have had sex on a plane. Another 25 percent said they are willing but haven’t had the opportunity.

Among other findings:

» 56 percent say they don’t want to join the mile-high club.

» Of those who don’t want to join, 25 percent say it’s because airplane bathrooms are too small; 25 percent say the bathrooms are too gross.

» Women between the ages of 45 and 54 are more likely than any other female age bracket to be members.

Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times

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