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In-Flight Internet Access: Much Wanted, Little Demand

If one reason could be pinned on why Connexion is unavailable, it would have to be the Wi-Fi-based Connexion's huge drain on battery life. Speaking as someone who often does the Sydney to Los Angeles hop, I hope that some type of resurrection of this technology isn't too far away. The idea of electrical outlets on planes is something that needs to be seriously looked at now. --Borys Pawliw

I'd be ever so happy to have an 110v AC outlet at my seat. Battery life isn't good enough to support more than two hours as it is (for my laptop), so what would I do with $30 worth of Internet time? On the other hand, give me an AC receptacle, and I can do all kinds of offline work or watch a DVD. --Dick Caro

$30 a flight? You must be kidding. I'd rather buy a book or a magazine instead. --SteveZ

There's no one reason in-flight Internet access failed, but, as several people have mentioned, power consumption is a major issue. My question is, if Amtrak can install power, why can't the airlines? After all, the airlines have looked down their noses at Amtrak for decades, but Amtrak seems to offer something the airlines can't or won't. --BPB

I'd love it but likely wouldn't ever use it--at least not in coach. I use an ultralight with a 12-inch screen, yet the only way I can use it from coach is if the person ahead of me keeps the seat completely upright. If the seat is reclined even a small amount, there's no way to raise the LCD to a vertical position for viewing and still be able to put the notebook on the tray to type. --James M. Johnson

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