Wi-Fi at 20,000 Feet

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Wi-Fi at 20,000 Feet: According to Wi-Fi Networking News, AirCell -- the company that won a fair piece of the air-to-ground spectrum via its sister company AC BidCo -- intends to roll out commercial service for in-flight wireless Internet access in the US by the end of 2007. The rest of the Americas are expected to get on board a little while after. AirCell CEO and president Jack Blumenstein talks about working out social factors (like, say, a plane full of people simultaneously on Skype) beforehand, and to be honest I expect that it just might work. But I still look at this from three ways:

The Good: I can check my e-mail without distractions while at 20,000 feet.

The Bad: People will know they can e-mail me while I'm at 20,000 feet.

The Ugly: The lineups at security when everyone brings along a laptop, PSP, DS, or some other wireless gadget.

[Via Emru Townsend, Digital World ]

Derik's Thoughts: Has anyone blogged from an airplane before? Can I volunteer to be the first, with expenses paid? It's an important milestone.

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