Plan Wont Fly
The vision of Internet access on airplanes is a good one, but I'm skeptical about the implementation.The vision of Internet access on airplanes is a good one, but Im skeptical about the implementation. Living in Seattle, Ive gotten used to long flights, which, coupled with time changes when traveling East, can eat up almost an entire day. It would be great to be able to handle e-mail and do online research while in the air.
But I fear that the services being implemented by Tenzing Communications and developed by Boeing wont hit the mark at least not at first. Boeing has said that it anticipates airlines will charge users around $20 per hour to access the Internet and e-mail when its satellite-based service is first introduced. Tenzing imagines that its service will go for a much more reasonable $4.95 per flight for Web surfing and 50 cents per page of e-mail. Tenzing caches content though, which means that, for now, users can only access certain content.