Wireless on airplanes?

I got back from a business trip taken as my alter ego. It was a short hop, but it had me spending the good part of two days in airports. I did manage to get a little editing in, but not as much as I hoped.

One of my co-workers mentioned that they’re going to start offering wireless internet on airplanes and how cool that would be. Her kids would complain about flying because they have to go so long without Internet. (Scary, huh?)

That would be awful! Now my boss could expect me to work the entire time I’m travelling. It’s already heinous that I spent most of my day staring at my laptop even though I was sitting at the airport terminal.

I know, I know. I wouldn’t have to plug in. I could still read or write or stare at the clouds like I do now. But I’m addicted to the soma. Like Robert Downey Jr. says, I have a gun in my mouth but I like the taste of the gun metal.

I really do enjoy the time between boarding and take off. No cell phones, everything electronic turned off. It’s just me and my book.

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  1. Dana
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 01:11:54

    Can you imagine how SLOW that connection would be if 180 people were piggybacking on it? I’d lost my mind.

  2. Dana
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 01:12:19

    I meant to say I’d LOSE my mind waiting for pages to load. LOL.

  3. Julie
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 09:26:48

    It’s already begun on certain flights — of course, you have to pay for it.

    But when I flew to St. Louis a couple weeks ago, there was a guy handing out flyers about the wireless internet service on American Airlines. It was only on a flight from LAX to JFK, but it’s there.

  4. Niki Green
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 12:35:24

    It is true. I just did this huge paper on Delta Airlines and this was one of the things that was talked to heavy about. I think the Internet being available on the plains is an incentive for passengers to fly with certain airlines. Boy, have they come a long way from a pillow and a bag of peanuts.

  5. Leigh Royals
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 13:48:02

    I bet it would be expensive. Cuz you know, the peanuts aren’t for free anymore. I like the quiet before take off. Take off and landing are my most anxiety ridden times. A good book or 1/2 valium. Nice. I can wait till landing to boot up. What would I really miss in that time?

  6. admin
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 18:14:43

    I guess the one time I’d like to have it would be on long international flights. Otherwise, it’s not such a bad thing unplugging once in a while.

  7. Vivienne Westlake
    Mar 15, 2009 @ 20:47:33

    I agree about the advantage on long flights. On international flights, there is nothing to do but watch movies. Of course, you can read or sleep, but I never sleep on planes unless it’s for ten minutes. So, on a 10-15 hour flight, I need something to occupy me while everyone else gets their Zzzzz’s.