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Apr 2 2009   1:00AM GMT

Wifi on US Airlines



Posted by: Nathan Simon
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airlines
Hulu
Shoutcast
Wi-Fi
WiFi
YouTube

When I read this I was pretty excited, can you imagine being on an 8 hour flight and being able to stream radio over ShoutCast? Watch YouTube Videos? Stream your favorite TV Shows via Hulu? Well soon you won’t have to… read the insert below from Time.com

“Now, however, it looks as though our days of being sealed into airborne vaults—disconnected, inaccessible and unaccountable—really are numbered. As carriers pour many more millions into in-flight entertainment systems, as was clear recently at Toronto’s World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference, U.S. airlines are embracing new air-to-ground and satellite systems to offer wi-fi service on commercial flights as early as next spring. So far this year, the FAA has already received 42 applications to install the systems on new aircraft, as many as during all of last year.”

This is great news for Americans, or Canadians on connecting flights through the USA. No Canadian Airlines, that I know of, have put in requests for this technology. The cost is about 10$ per flight, or for frequent flyers, and I mean frequent, you can also buy day passes.

Check out the full story, its a great read.

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