Alaska Airlines Announces WiFi In-Flight Plan

Alaska Airlines today announced plans to become the first U.S. airline to offer in-flight wi-fi.  While this would keep people like us from becoming bored on a flight, it does have its downside.

Seattle-based Alaska plans to install Westlake Village, Calif.-based Row 44's broadband service on one Boeing 737 jet next spring.

Row 44's system Manage remotely with one interface -- the HP ProLiant DL360 G5 server. is designed to work over water and across international borders. Alaska Airlines said the service is intended to work on all its routes, which include flights within the lower 48 states and to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

If it works, Alaska may add the service to all 114 of its aircraft.

So far airlines have managed to keep the noise level in planes down by not allowing mobile phone use on planes.  With wi-fi on flights, what's to prevent people from using Skype?  Arrgh.