Airborne email, baby!

Look, I know American has canceled thousands of flights the last few days for last minute inspections, but it’s my job to focus on the positive on this here mollusk- and urchordata-oriented electronic journal, and so here’s a positive fact: The FAA has cleared American Airlines to put WiFi on their airplanes. No word yet on fees for service, other than that there will be one (although access to AA.com will be free, so you can check schedules and delays ) or net speeds. Voice over IP will be disabled, whcih is probably for the best. Service will hopefully start on transcontinental flights by the end of the year.

Now all I need is a little more widespread access to electricity on these planes and maybe cross-country flights to visit the ‘rents won’t be such a pain in the tuchus.

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