Wifi on Airplanes: Posting from 36k feet over Indiana

January 27, 2010

A surreal experience . Just chatted live, via  Gogo inflight wifi and Google chat, with my eleven-year-old niece who lives in Chicago.

She just got her own email address and chat priveleges a couple weeks ago; I’m on a flight from JFK to Phoenix, the first flight I’ve ever taken with wifi available. So I cranked up my laptop and signed on–  the $13 charge is a bit steep, but had to check it out.  My niece popped up in my chat list, so we  exchanged aunt/niece stuff  for a bit.

I doubt she was as amazed as I was–  this is “new media” indeed for me,  but she’ll never live in a world without it.

And in a few minutes, I’ll probably watch  President Obama’s State of the Union live on CNN.

Oh…and then there’s the fact that I’m posting this from way up here, too.

The airlines may be melting down –this Delta flight is pretty empty–  but they are certainly finding a lot of new ways to keep us busy when they do get us here.

(Oh, and BTW, Gogo is working perfectly, very speedy… but my laptop battery is about to give out.  So the battery barrier is the next one to be breached if we’re really gonna have offices-in-the-air.  And, like a lot of people, I’m not sure that’s such a great idea anyway.   But for the moment…really pretty cool.)

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  • 1. Howard Mandel  |  February 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I like it — never lose touch! As long as TSA allows laptops out — even in the last hour of a flight?

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