Raise your hand if you’re pay $12.95 for Inernet on Delta Airlines for a 3+ hour flight…uh-huh. Just as I thought: Unanimous.
Sometime in the middle of next year, Delta will offer WiFi using the the same wavelength that no one ever used for air phones. They’ll charge $9.95 for a flight under 3 hours, $12.95 for more than that. I’m not totally sure about the short flights, but it wil be the rare long flight I won’t cough up the 13 bucks for service. On the NPR story I heard about this today (Day to Day, I think) the reporter quoted someone who seemed to think this would mostly be for business travelers. This analyst clearly has no idea how strong is the need for Internet, and how boring are the planes. I just hope the airline WiFi has capacity for every single passenger surfing the Internet simultaneously. They think passengers get rowdy when we’re sitting on the tarmac for three hours? Wait till I lose a game of online chess because we hit turbulence!