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Virgin America will equip entire fleet with Gogo service by mid-2009

When it comes to flying around the country on commercial aircraft for business or pleasure, the length of the flight was traditionally one spent without access to internet or other forms of communication with the ground.

Many commercial airlines have announced over the last year that they are going to offer in-flight internet access. Today Virgin America announced that it had launched in-flight internet access via provider Gogo on select aircraft.

Virgin plans to equip multiple aircraft with the Gogo service by the end of 2008 and plans to extend the service fleet-wide by Q2 2009. American Airlines will also be using Gogo for its in-flight internet service, but was only planning to equip its 15 767-200 aircraft with the service when first announced in June.

Virgin America reports that it unveiled its Gogo service on November 22 and performed the first Air-to-ground video stream from YouTube. The first week of launch for the service was a beta launch and it was free to all passengers on the flight.

Once the service is out of beta and offered to passengers it will cost $12.95 for flights over three hours and $9.95 for flights under three hours. AirCell, the company behind Gogo, and rival JetBlue both received their in-flight Wi-Fi licenses from the FCC in June of 2006.

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Is it censored?
By Bateluer on 12/3/2008 2:28:29 PM , Rating: 3
What filtering is in place? I'm a big fan of the open Internet and oppose all censorship, but that doesn't mean I want the dude next to me looking up porn.

RE: Is it censored?
By Heir on 12/3/2008 2:45:17 PM , Rating: 3
How can you be opposed to all censorship but then turn around and say you don't want to see a dude next to you look at porn. Wouldn't that mean you're advocating some kind of censorship?

From a business point of view, I sincerely doubt they will allow unfiltered content. It could potentially open them up to all sorts of lawsuits by offended passengers.

RE: Is it censored?
By Comdrpopnfresh on 12/3/2008 5:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
Why not allow unfiltered content, and place responsibility upon the user? Add a small additional fee for the use of one of those polarized privacy screens, and stipulate in the user agreement any content of differing varieties or 'ratings' must be accessed under the condition of using said privacy screen and maybe even provided headphones w/ minimal noise leakage? If the user breaks the agreement, then restrict or bar their access along with penalization even.
Is there currently some way for a flight attendant to put a stop to a passenger playing a very gory and violent game on their laptop while seated next to child? What if they opened paint and began drawing stick figures of mature content? Furthermore, what is a passenger is watching an animal planet clip with two monkey going at it?
If you wouldn't interfere with that laptop user if they were not connected to the internet, than any internet access provided shouldn't interfere with the user's access to content. The service should, however, be conditionally provided on a basis of responsible use by a passenger; though containment of exposure of their potentially offensive content to others.

RE: Is it censored?
By toyotabedzrock on 12/3/2008 10:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
If any judge allowed that kinda lawsuit it would open up the doors for anybody who supplies Internet access to be sued.

RE: Is it censored?
By kkwst2 on 12/3/2008 2:45:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm...interesting point. Might make for long lines to the lavatory.

RE: Is it censored?
By mmntech on 12/4/2008 12:06:33 AM , Rating: 2
At least you can join the mile high club by yourself now. Not as exciting that way though.

RE: Is it censored?
By Some1ne on 12/3/2008 11:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
If they're going to charge for access, it had better be unfiltered.

RE: Is it censored?
By nothingtoseehere on 12/4/2008 11:30:40 AM , Rating: 3
Umm... the same way that it's now filtered for magazines and dvd's?

RE: Is it censored?
By KashGarinn on 12/5/2008 4:00:39 AM , Rating: 2
What filtering is in place? I'm a big fan of the open Internet and oppose all censorship, but that doesn't mean I want the dude next to me looking up porn.

...Wow.. you must have forgotten a "not" or two there somewhere, because open internet would mean open internet, and if you truly were a fan, you wouldn't have posted that.

Love people who start by categorizing themselves as one thing, but then loudly campaign for the exact opposite. you know, liers and/or idiots, they show themselves so plainly.

Why is the plane turning around???
By austinag on 12/3/2008 3:56:48 PM , Rating: 3
Here is the best site to visit while taking advantage of inflight WiFi:

Disclaimer- poster is not resposible for injuries recieved when US Air Marshal steps on your neck.

RE: Why is the plane turning around???
By TO on 12/3/2008 4:50:20 PM , Rating: 2
lol... i'm gonna be like wtf and start shaking the sh*t out of my laptop when 00:00:00 starts blinking!

By hadifa on 12/3/2008 8:42:38 PM , Rating: 2
I looked at the link and the Arabic writing is incorrect. It uses the Arabic characters but in a very incorrect way

I tried to read it and -I think- it says something like:

"exchange Egypt intelligence force"

Not enough attention to details. It's the same in most games. for example in battlefield series, almost all the Arabic writings are wrong and when I say wrong, it's like writing English characters upside down and inside out type of wrong!!

If any of you guys is in a game dev team, for love of God, please send the writings to me or someone else who knows the language first. I'll check them for free.

-Unless this is intentional and is done to avoid offending anyone- ;-)

Cell phone over Wi-Fi
By xander85 on 12/3/2008 7:50:19 PM , Rating: 2
I have a T-Mobile Blackberry that allows me to make phone calls over Wi-Fi (their Hot Spot stuff) and I know other providers are rolling out Femtocells. Will they ban this? If I am allowed enough bandwidth and it's not blocked I could essentially make phone calls while flying.

RE: Cell phone over Wi-Fi
By TO on 12/3/2008 9:15:53 PM , Rating: 2
Their terms prohibit voip and supposedly there blocking it... Let me know if you try it...

By Gul Westfale on 12/3/2008 10:32:09 PM , Rating: 2
so, do they have go-go girls, or virgins? either is fine if the price is right.

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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