A funny thing happened today. John and I were literally jogging through the LGA Delta Shuttle terminal at 5:31 in hopes of making the 5:30 flight and this woman shouted "Card for complimentary Wi-Fi for today's flight from GoGo!!" What kind of social media disciples would we be if we didn't slow down just long enough to grab them from her hands? (We missed the flight, but not becuase of the diversion!)
So, fast forward 90 minutes and I'm online at 30,000 feet for the first time in my life. I'm BEAT tired, but because of the significance of this moment I actually stopped reading My Horizontal Life by comedienne Chelsea Handler and logged on. (And this is saying something because the book is exclusively about one night stands and booze and is totally fucking hilarious.)
This is going to come as a major shock I know, but being online on an airplane feels just like being online on the ground. Only with more ear popping. Wide spread adoption of WiFi is totally coming and while the geek in me is suuuuper psyched the business professional in me is a little apprehensive. Not only does this mean you can be reached (and feel obligated to respond) in flight, but can you imagine the Jet Blue Hostage Crisis if everyone was on WiFi**. In the words of Bart Simpson, ay caramba.
At any rate, the main reason I wanted to commemorate this moment is because at some point in the not so distant future I know that I will look back on this post and chuckle about the novelty of WiFi on airplanes. But I won't chuckle as hard as when I overheard the stewardess who (erroneously) thought that the rate was $9.95 a minute.
**I have learned that the WiFi only works at 10,000 feet and above. So I guess it would not be that interesting from a trapped on the tarmac perspective. You could still rock out with your wireless card though. Heh.