In-flight internet has been a reality for a little while (yes, there are perks we still don’t get in the U.S.), but today New Scientist reports on a Boeing flight demonstrating a few other goodies – WiFi plus live television and support for cell phones.
Apparently Boeing leased some bandwidth from satellites with coverage of the northern hemisphere, broadcasting the BBC, CNBC, Euronews and Eurosport News. When it comes to voice service, options include VOIP and low-power onboard base stations that work with standard GSM phones.
Remaining hurdles include clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. and the Civil Aviation Authority in the U.K., largely to demonstrate that the stuff doesn’t interfere with the aircraft’s onboard equipment.
As far as I’m concerned, I’m a kid standing outside of a candy store chock full of sweets that are making my mouth water…and the damn door’s still locked.
I’m sure this is an idea whose time has come. At least if they don’t feed us on the plane, we can surf the net.