Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Alaska Airlines Sees Success in Wi-Fi Trials

So, a couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to fly on the one plane on which Alaska was testing their in-flight WiFi service. I also happened to be one of the people that later filled out their online survey that is cited here: Alaska Airlines Sees Success in Wi-Fi Trials

I was able to stream live television, chat, post to Facebook & Twitter, etc. While it was cool, I don't think I would pay that much to use this service. That's where things start to fall apart a bit here. In-flight telephones have been around for something like 20 years. And, in that period of time, I think I've made 2 urgent calls. Why? It's not that I don't use the telephone or appreciate being able to talk to people. But, just because I can do it from an airplane doesn't mean I'm going to pay $15/minute to do it.

I certainly hope these people don't take a really great idea like this and price it such that only people with corporate credit cards can afford to use it. My limit? $5/hour.