Airline Passengers Would Rather Surf than Eat

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linux_dork

WiFi would be nice, but again - power strips are the most important.  The last flight I took, I bought a bunch of tv shows on iTunes and watched them until my battery died :)

5 hour flight, 3 hour battery... grrr

 

 

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marshallladd

Not having Wi-Fi on a flight I can deal with, but my biggest complaint is reflected in this article.  Why are there no power strips next to the seats.  If there is no Wi-Fi, at least let me plug in my laptop/mp3 player/smartphone so I can watch the movies I have on that without worrying about flight time vs. battery life.  It is a simple fix, at least it seems like it would be.

 This would deffinately help out the netbook market, with our 3-cell batteries.  No need for a 6 or 9-cell that adds weight and impedes portability(albeit it minimally but it still does).  Also keeps the netbook price point under that $400 mark, by not having to add to the battery cost.

 I mean when we talk about battery life on any net/laptop, what are we talking about?  Flight battery length.  Where else do we go that doesn't have outlet access?  Starbucks does, the terminal in the airport does, the hotel does, and any confrence center/board room does.  Only place battery life is ever an issue, is on an airplane.  Or maybe during a power outage.

 If they do make Wi-Fi a regular thing on flights though, they will have to give us outlet access.

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jcollins

Um, duh?  You can bring your own food on the plane.  You can't bring your own internet connection...

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Devo85x

Wouldn't there be 2 major problems with WIFI on an airplane (when talking about using laptops, not using it through cell phones, etc...) 1) since you would all be on the same network, wouldnt it be slow as crap? no hulu for you! and 2) again, since you are all on the same network, wouldn't it be easy to get access to some morons computer that doesnt keep it secure?

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konata

but you should have a firewall.

Morons that do not, well...

There is a reason why we just labeled them a moron...

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Andrew03

I'm really not surprised. You can always buy food in the airport and then take it on the plane. Also, I hear that airline Wi-Fi doesn't taste like shit.

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konata

lol'ed.

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ace38

So the same airlines who scream and holler about no cell phones, laptops, game boys, ect. are worried about food or wifi??

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marshallladd

I work as an Air Traffic Controller.  The whole turn off electronics thing is an outdated rule.  It used to be that old analog cell phone bands used to operate on some of the same frequencies that the aircraft and controllers were using, causing interferance and disrupting safety.  At least, that is how it was explained to me at the accadamy.  That is not a problem anymore.

 The only reason they keep this rule(in my opinion) again is safety.  The chances of an emergency happening are at their greatest during takeoff and landing.  So if they make you turn off your mp3 players and all that during take-off and landing you will be more attentive and quicker to respond, if you have to.

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konata

They only care about cell phones, laptops and gameboys during liftoff and touchdown.

Not sure why you are agitated...

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