WiFi with Wings

As someone who gets itchy feet if found without Internet access for more than a few hours, I’m happy to read that today will be a milestone in aviation and Internet history. An AA flight bound from NYC to LA marked the first commercial flight with WiFi access; providing full blown broadband access for a mere 13 bucks.

According to the technology vendor, the service operates by picking up a signal sent upwards from radio masks dotted around the continent – which all sounds very impressive, but will unfortunately rule out the prospect for connectivity on long-haul flights crossing the pond.

I’m just hoping that they consider blocking ports utilised by VoIP – for this technological wonder could be destroyed if it leads to a bunch of people (read Americans) shouting over each to make calls.

 Tags: Internet   Published: 20th August '08


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