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Alaska Air to Test In-Flight Wi-Fi this Spring

Alaska Air Latest to Trial In-Flight Wi-Fi

This whole in-flight Wi-Fi thing is really taking off (induce pun groans now). Alaska Air is the latest company to announce it will be testing wireless broadband access on its jets.

Starting in the Spring of '08. Alaska Air will outfit one of its Boeing 737's with a system from Row 44, a company that specializes in Internet service for the commercial aviation industry. If it all goes well, the airline will outfit all 114 of its craft with the service which allows Wi-Fi enabled devices like PDA's and laptops to access the internet, e-mail, and even an on-board library of entertainment content.

There's no word on whether Alaska Air's system will allow access to VOIP communications like Skype as Virgin America's will, but it is highly likely. So even if in-flight cell calls don't become common place, we still may need to listen to every phone addict with a Skype account (by the way, we really love Skype, seriously... just not on our planes).

From Engadget

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