June 12, 2001 1:53 PM   Subscribe

Boeing is upping the chance you'll be able to surf while you fly.. Question is: will more of these devices also mean a lower price?
posted by jackstark (8 comments total)
as this becomes more ubiquitous I can just smell the first sexual harassment lawsuit served on a guy looking at porn while on the wing...
posted by DiplomaticImmunity at 2:08 PM on June 12, 2001

whups... i mean pr0n!
posted by DiplomaticImmunity at 2:26 PM on June 12, 2001

"on the wing"? i haven't heard that one before.
posted by pnevares at 2:27 PM on June 12, 2001

Pr0n on the wing is like in The Twilight Zone: The Movie. Or So Long and Thanks for All The Fish, for that matter.
posted by kindall at 4:09 PM on June 12, 2001

Porn on the hoof is something else again.
posted by rodii at 5:46 PM on June 12, 2001

Though I have no idea what they would charge for MeFi access on a flight, if I were asked by the travel agent, "Would you like internet access on this flight sir?"

After I'd jiggled my disbelieving head in a cartoonish double-take I'd say, "But of course."

She'd reply, "That will be twenty dollars extra added on to the final ticket price."

I'd say "Sure. Sounds reasonable."

Because I would pay another twenty to uninhibit the stream of thought surfing I already imbibe in on the ground.

Would anyone else shell out twenty clams more to surf on an extended flight (upwards of an hour and a half)? If so, what fee would be too much to render it a useless luxury?

Then again if every seat came wired and ready, free to use, my question would be moot.
posted by crasspastor at 6:21 PM on June 12, 2001

Man O man. Let me tell you what's already on some planes. That is if you've not been on the newest of United's 777s yet. No clue as to how widespread this is but:

It's common knowledge (I think) that behind every seat on a 777 is a personal monitor where one can channel surf a few channels. But I'd never seen one with a full color 3-D rendering of the topography, informing you on screen of what distant towns, mountains, rivers etc. were and giving you outside temperature, altitude and GPS data whether in taxi, takeoff, climbing, cruise or descent. I knew it got cold as you rise above the atmosphere. But to watch the temperature readout plummet to -77 F from +88 F in twenty minutes or so was absolutely amazing.

I would have probably paid an extra twenty bones for that. But alas, it was free and I hope they keep it. I was riveted to it for three hours of my three hour flight.
posted by crasspastor at 9:45 PM on June 12, 2001

Oh. . .and time to destination based on wind speed, flight path and other factors. Neat! I tell ya. . .
posted by crasspastor at 9:53 PM on June 12, 2001

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