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American Airlines Wants You To Log On In-Flight

While American car rental service Avis has been offering WiFi for their customers for some time, logging on in-flight isn't an amenity most American travelers have been able to savor - until now. Just days after Virgin America showed off its new, tech-infused planes, AirCell, a provider of aviation communications systems, announced it will join forces with American to test its new system for providing on-board Internet access.

According to Reuters, American will test the service on its 767-200 aircraft, which mainly flies transcontinental routes. Apparently Boeing has halted the use of its Connexion unit, which allowed airlines to provide high-speed Internet service to passengers, because it was too expensive and customers didn't want to pay for the usage. According to AirCell, its system will be less expensive - likely $100,000 per plane or $10 per flight.


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katie10 katie10 9 years
This would make my flights so much more bearable!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Neat =)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this would be better than those crappy behind seat monitors that never work and cut down on leg room.
améliore améliore 9 years
Geek that I am, I have to wonder how it works. The linked source said they were essentially going to attach a hub to the outside of the plane. Oh man, and what happens if someone gets themself a virus/worm/trojan horse?
designmilk designmilk 9 years
if i had the internet on a flight i'd never be bored or annoyed with flying again. i'd even pay xtra for it.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
so air cost increase?
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