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Monday, October 20, 2008

Wi-Fi in the Sky

On an increasing number of international flights (and some domestic U.S. flights) airlines are offering in-flight broadband internet service.

For roughly $10- depending on the airline and length of flight- travelers can logon to their email, Myspace account or whatever to pass the time on flights but don’t think you’ll be able to use a VoIP service like Skype as a loophole around the cell phone use restriction to place calls to ground people.

It turns out that using your cell phone on a flight will not disrupt the flight controls and cause the plane to go into a flat spin at 30,000 feet, but it does annoy your fellow passengers who are sharing close quarters for extended periods of time. For that reason, in-air service providers block voice over internet programs, confining your conversations to instant messaging only.


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