Net Gains? American Adding Internet, for a Price
Starting today, some American Airlines passengers can test out the airline's new internet service on flights from New York to L.A.
The broadband service, provided by Aircell, will offer free access to AA.com and a few other sites. American says it plans to install Aircell in 15 of its Boeing 767-200 planes that fly cross-country.
But this is no free perk for loyal AA patrons who've put up with nickel-and-diming that's just getting worse: The service costs $9.95 for flights three hours or shorter, $12.95 for longer ones if you want to access anything outside the few sanctioned sites.
Though I rarely travel with any Web-enabled gadgets, I like the idea of having the option to get online while in the air. It would be so easy to check ground transportation, verify connections, book hotels and dinner reservations, though I can only imagine the headache of saving some necessary task (say, e-mailing work to say you'll be "sick") till boarding, only to find out the service is down for whatever reason. I'm not saying that'll happen, but we all know cell phones die, computers crash and you never know what to expect, these days, on an airplane.
By Christina Talcott |
June 25, 2008; 6:12 AM ET
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