Stress in flying is already at an all time high and how will this affect travelers? Not a good scenario if you have a child in a seat next to someone surfing porn sites for a simple example...and how about the guy or gal next to you chatting away on Skype when you want to sleep...jury is still out on these issues...but on the other hand you might be logged on inputting some personal health data during otherwise normally non productive time...or you could be having a chat with an online physician while flying the friendly skies on some health issues you have not had the time to follow up with or perhaps your are just logged on sending cardio or cholesterol information to your physician via an online server....so there could be some real good potential here, but I think filtering content somewhere along the line will come in to play...BD
NEW YORK - Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care. Seat 17C just wants to sleep.
Welcome to the promise of the Internet at 33,000 feet — and the questions of etiquette, openness and free speech that airlines and service providers will have to grapple with as they bring Internet access to the skies in the coming months.
With possible exceptions for crew and federal air marshals, flights on AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Alaska Air Group Inc.'s Alaska Airlines won't have access to Internet-based phone services like eBay Inc.'s Skype. Meanwhile, American, Alaska and Virgin have no plans to filter sites based on their content. At most, an airline may manage traffic and delay large downloads, or in Virgin's case give passengers the option of enabling controls for their kids.