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JetBlue, RIM, Yahoo to Offer Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

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Dec 6, 2007, 4:09 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Dec 6, 2007, 4:13 PM

On Tuesday, December 11, JetBlue will offer free Wi-Fi to passengers as part of a test of in-flight Internet access. Passengers with laptops and Wi-Fi-equipped BlackBerries will be able access Yahoo-customized email, instant messaging services, and their corporate email on an A320 plane called BetaBlue. If customers react favorably to the service during the course of the trials, which are set to last several months, JetBlue will install the service on more planes.

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Dec 6, 2007, 8:35 PM

WiFi on Planes - Good Idea?

This is great! SAS, KLM and Lufthansa have also done this in Europe. I expect Virgin America to be the next. WiFi would be great on a plane for those who need it. However, your 1-2 hours of silence and relaxation from the work world will soon disappear, and you will have to check your email, and send that report whilst in flight!

And what happens when full wifi is available? with SKYPE, you might have "that guy" sitting next to you on a conference call. Although useful, it could get old quick. We shall see.
Good point about Skype, but I bet the latency from such a connection will make it near impossible. I had a friend who irc'd flying from France to the US and while not horrible, there was lag.
That's very true. If nothing else, planes have been the one place where you could escape from work. There goes that.

Just make sure the flight attendants don't catch you watching porn:

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