WiFi Coming to US Skies?
American Airlines and newcomer Virgin America both say they will test WiFi on planes in 2008. Alaska Air has already announced WiFi plans. I say: "About time."
Seriously, I know that with the cost of fuel and fierce competition the airlines probably have a lot more on their minds than unwiring the friendly skies. Nonetheless, as someone who travels frequently, I know that the availability of WiFi is something that will influence my choice of airline, particularly on longer flights.
We have heard this all before mind you; I think people have been predicting WiFi on U.S. planes for several years now. However, if Lufthansa can do it, why not American Airlines?
I'm sure there will be plenty of technical issues on the way to the U.S. getting its WiFi wings and hopefully some kind of rate-limiting so that a few passengers near the access point don't get to hog all the bandwidth. Either way, I'm hoping for WiFi in the sky in 2008.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung