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
brings along a laptop, PSP, DS, or some other wireless gadget.
[Via Emru Townsend,
Has anyone blogged from an airplane before? Can I volunteer to be the first, with expenses paid? It’s an important milestone.