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Wireless in the Sky

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 by Harry Lewis

Delta Airlines will offer wireless Internet access on its airplanes, the Wall Street Journal reports. It will cost about what hotels charge, $10 or so. The motivation is customer demand only secondarily; primarily Delta, which is pretty much broke like most airlines, hopes it will be a money-maker.

It will be interesting to see how this works out — will the cabin attendants help passengers get their software settings right? Will the bandwidth be good enough for streaming video?

I think it’s great, though I’m finding that the seat rows are packed so close together these days that it’s hard even to open a laptop. And no Skype, please. I don’t want to listen to my neighbor’s VoIP telephone calls while I am trapped in midair.

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