Tuesday, September 16, 2008

EVDO in the Sky (and a New Kind of Mile-High Club)

If that headline doesn't make you want to read on, I don't know what will.

American Airlines recently started providing WiFi (for a fee) via AirCell's EVDO service on their flights, and passengers have been pretty excited about being able to stay connected on those long boring flights.

Some folks might be getting a little too excited about mile-high internet, though. Apparently, an x-rated problem has come up: passengers are looking at pornography while sitting just inches from their seat-mates and right in the faces of unsuspecting flight attendants. The problem has become so common that flight attendants have been complaining to The Powers That Be, asking them to please do something to curtail the sexy surfing.

It's unclear what can or will be done by AA. Hopefully, they will find a solution allowing them to block "adults only" sites (just ask worried parents how they blocked Myspace from their kids) SOON - even EVDO access in the sky isn't enough for me to put up with an eyeful of my seatmate's porn-fest for 5 hours.