GO Group survey finds air travelers are less likely to speak with seat mates

The GO Group, LLC, a Chicago-based international ground transportation and travel service provider, has announced results of a travel survey found only 5% of travelers always speak with their seatmates on flights, the company said.

Travelers were asked how likely they were to converse with their seatmate. Of the more than 200 respondents, just nine percent said they frequently speak to their seatmates and. The most common answer, at 44 percent, was sometimes while 30 percent said rarely and eight percent said never. Five percent said they chat with their neighbor only if the other person initiates conversation.

These results vary compared with a similar survey conducted by the company in 2015, in which 25 percent said they speak with their seatmates frequently and almost 20 percent said they do so if the conversation was started by their neighbor.

Women are slightly chattier than men, with six percent responding always, compared with men at four percent; these results were the same in both the 2019 and 2015 surveys.

Survey participants also were asked if they have ever formed an ongoing relationship with someone they met on a plane. Eight percent of respondents replied yes; 87 percent responded no and five percent don´t recall.

GO Group said with everyone´s use of mobile devices, laptops and in-flight programming on planes, people are less inclined to entertain themselves with one-on-one conversations while flying.

The GO Group, LLC is the nation´s largest airport transportation provider, offering shared rides, private vehicles, limos, charters and tours, serving some 90 airports in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.