You’ve Got Mail -- From 35,000 Feet
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Story by McCarton Ackerman
In a recent article for gay.com, gay travel writer Damon Brown talked about his experiences with technology while traveling and how even the most remote areas of the world are now becoming e-accessible. However, the rapid advance in technology with the airlines that take us to these worldwide destinations is just as impressive.
Starting this year, several American airlines have been testing internet service on their planes. JetBlue is now offering free e-mail and instant messaging on one aircraft, while other companies like Virgin America and Alaska Airlines will soon offer a full web experience for about $10 a flight. American Airlines is also looking into having internet access on its flights.
This advance in flight technology could lead to limitless possibilities; imagine ordering your in-flight meal or duty free gifts with the push of a button. Still, most carriers say they have no plans to include phones as part of the package, so you won’t have to worry about endless business calls or chatty teenagers on your next flight.
Who knows? Within a few years, an airline without internet might seem as out of place as a hotel without a TV.