Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Surfing In The Air

More and more air carriers are experimenting with adding wi-fi as an option for their passengers.

While many of us like to read a book or snooze on a flight, others just can't get enough of their Facebook, Twitter or Paltalk and will welcome the opportunity to surf while flying.

I'm wondering how this affects the prohibition on use of cellphones while in flight? Some cellphone providers let you go "off the grid" and use wi-fi to connect. Presumably that will mean your cellphone wouldn't interfer with aviation. On the other hand, how is a flight attendant to know whether you're using wi-fi or cell service?

Then there's the voice-over-IP technology to get around all this. Skype and Paltalk, for example, allow you to make voice calls over the Internet.

I guess it's just another amenity the airlines need to add in order to keep the customer satisfied. And another way to pass the time the next time you're on the plane but delayed.


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