I’ve been on the fence with this subject for quite some time…
Maybe I’ve been one of the pundits who support downtime in the air. Yet, there’s nothing like jumping online when you need to, and I have to admit that I hate when I have to shut down at take-off.
Whatever side you rest upon, the rise public of wi-fi in the air is coming to a flight near you. Check out this move by American Airlines and this article in the Chicago Tribune. Is this move a good thing for the airlines?
The knee-jerk reaction states that business travelers will want to travel more. Yet, when you take a look at revenue, can you really see that much of a demand shock from the business travel world solely from the fact that you can get online?
In terms of computer work, there should be a lot more laptops in use. What will be interesting is the amount of calamity that happens when a ginger ale is spilled across the row with three laptops going. Then again, isn’t that threat there now, and will that really mean as much with the rise of stronger PDA capabilities?
Mark Cuban installed wi-fi plans, pulled them back, and then re-installed them with a LAN Network. I always respected his reasoning for pulling back Wi-Fi because he didn’t want to see a major disagreement in the stands because someone spilled a beer on a four-thousand dollar laptop.
With the rise of the PDA, I’m for this move. Great call…The cell phone…Yeech.
I don’t want to hear the blaring of a hard-sell from a guy out of Dubuque selling conveyor systems…Just don’t.