The UBS study found people aged between 18 and 34 who held higher levels of education were more likely to step on to a remote controlled aircraft. UBS interpreted this as a positive for pilotless technology as the population ages.

Other sections more likely to fly pilotless included business travellers, retired or self-employed people and those who book travel by email or at the counter.

Women were less likely than men to fly without a pilot, as were students, the unemployed and people who book travel over the phone.

The research team found any reluctance to fly remotely was not eased by the promise of lower cost.

“UBS Evidence Lab also asked respondents how much cheaper a pilotless flight ticket would need to be for them to fly on a regular flight without pilots,” the report added.

“Perhaps surprisingly, half of the respondents said that they would not buy the pilotless flight ticket even if it was cheaper.”

In June, Boeing stated that it was looking into the concept of pilotless technology.