Qantas: The Spirit of Airborne Wi-Fi
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (1948)
is reporting that Qantas' new Airbus A380s to be introduced in August 2008 are going to have laptop power in every seat, as well as wireless Internet throughout the entire plane (Does that include the pilot and the co-pilot??)
Personally, I've never had the opportunity to fly to Australia, but I would suspect 14+ hours is TOO long to be disconnected. I can hardly stand being wireless-less long enough to go down to the 7-11, much less to fly halfway around the planet.
Now that I have a Crackberry Pearl, it's even worse. I can hardly stand to be disconnected at all. Why should I be?
It's an always-on, always-connected world, bay-bay. You get disconnected for even a few minutes, you might miss the whole ballgame.
In fact, I'm already thinking about the best ways I can stay connected while on vacation next week. Is my Crackberry up to the harsh sun, surf, and salty conditions of the Redneck Riviera that constitutes the South Texas beach? Only time, and a few remote wireless emails back to the office, can tell.
Maybe for next year's vacation, I'll just hop on a plane to Sydney just so I can see if I can surf my way around the globe.
In the meantime, it'd be great if I could just get a bag of peanuts.
P.S. Speaking of being disconnected, I was coming back from NY to Austin on Sunday on JetBlue, and guess which was the ONLY channel their in-seat DirectTV network didn't have. You guessed it, the one carrying the British Open (ABC).
Directly before take-off, my good friend Ed was sending me instant message updates to keep me up to date as Sergio Garcia approached the 18 hole. He got me right up to the point where Sergio missed that crucial putt on 18, and all I knew upon takeoff was that Serge and Padraig Harrington were heading into a 4-hole playoff.
I found out mid-flight via an ESPN scoreboard what had transpired after the fact, but it just wasn't the same. That would have been a perfect time to have had in-flight wireless access.