Thursday, May 17, 2012

Virgin Atlantic will expand wireless services for passengers, taking the risk

Virgin Atlantic will be the first British (or US) airline to expand wireless access in flight, to allow full access to voice, text and Internet, despite technical controversy over possible interference with aircraft, as in a story on Expert Reviewshere.   This is supposed to be an improvement on passenger rental of limited Internet access for a fee on flights.

Yet I'm told that regulatory environments have discouraged innovation in this area.

In the US, not all carriers have been vigorous about offering even paid-for Internet on long flights. USAir seems to be slow on this.  

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