Airplane WiFi — Isn’t This Old News?

Everybody (well, Joe Sharkey in the NY Times and lots of bloggers and Twitterers) are foaming at the mouth about the trials of WiFi in commercial airliners. I must be missing something here. I flew on Lufthansa from San Francisco to Munich three years ago with a terrific WiFi connetcion. I believe they discontinued the service because of the cost, but there certainly didn’t seem to be any major technical glitches. True, I did expect in-air WiFi would be more commonplace by now, but I think the press and blog coverage is missing an important fact that this isn’t something new.

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