So much modern

Airlines have finally cracked Wi-Fi – but it’s ruining flying
GREG DICKINSON
DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER

Digital content producer sounds pretty modern and whizzy, doesn’t it? Bit of a pity that it’s deployed in such a conservative cause. You could rewrite the complaining about how the electric light finally reaching the outhouse prevents the former communing with the stars…..actually, the Telegraph probably did run just such an article.

7 comments on “So much modern

  1. I have some sympathy. When I was doing a lot of long haul flying I took it as a great chance to relax, maybe watch a film, something I rarely do, with a few glasses of wine. By the end of that period the food had got very good as were the beds.

    The downside was that when I landed I had a load of emails and voice messages to plough through.

  2. “Rather than reading a book or listening to music (no films on this flight), I found myself logging onto the Wi-Fi and checking my emails…”

    How about the days when a trans-Atlantic flight meant smoking two packets of fags and drinking yourself insensible.

  3. I have no sympathy (with dear old Greg, not you BiND) for someone who struggles to not connect their device.

    I used to really like flying, but now that airlines are offering all you can drink for a fiver, I rock off the plane drunk as a bastard. Its taking all the enjoyment out of travel.

    It doesn’t just pop up on your phone or tablet uninvited. Ping! Hey connect to wifi! Go on. You know you want to. You have to actually change things (add new connection, navigate to correct web page and accept terms).

    And the smaller, budget airlines like Norwegian have had this for several years.

  4. How about the days when a trans-Atlantic flight meant smoking two packets of fags and drinking yourself insensible.

    I have memories of the ‘Roo Run’ shortly after BA and QANTAS went non-smoking. The sight of people dashing for the smoking room at Changi and trying to get through an entire pack of Marlboros in 15 minutes, in order to prepare for the next 12-hour leg, will stay with me. Some colleagues insisted on routing via Japan, because JAL still had smoking flights.

  5. “Rather than reading a book or listening to music (no films on this flight), I found myself logging onto the Wi-Fi and checking my emails…”

    Gregg, don’t log into WiFi and check your emails. Fixed.

  6. Ridiculous extra charges, even from supposedly “proper” airlines? Nope.
    Ever-smaller seats? Nope.
    Over-weening “security”? Nope.
    On-board Wi-fi — yes, that’s what’s ruined flying.

  7. I flew for the first time in 20 years last year.It was to Japan and when I heard there was on-board WiFi I thought: wonderful! I can pass the time between films, sleep, and meals by chatting in groups like here.
    But no, it was paid-for WiFi, which I wasn’t prepared to pay for for 18 hours. So I just watched films and the external cameras. Individual video screens was the best change since 1993 🙂

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