United Airlines Kills In-Flight Video Chat Over Terrorism Fears
Yesterday, tech journalist John Battelle was minding his own business, video chatting with his wife and children from 30-plus thousand feet in the air, when a flight attendant informed him that he must disconnect the video stream for security reasons. Battelle was informed that the camera posed a security risk since he could potentially communicate with a terrorist. Of course, Facebook, instant messaging and Twitter would also allow Battelle to theoretically communicate with a terrorist; which leads to the rather confounding next step in the sequence of events. Battelle was then shown the United Airlines policy manual "which prohibits 'two way devices' from communicating with the ground."
That means that video chat is against its policy, the Switched team chat is against the policy, and United Airline's own in-flight Wi-Fi service is against the policy.
Good job. [From: Searchblog]