Roger L. Simon

American Luddites

Just as American auto companies were too unimaginative to see the handwriting on the wall and are now getting their clocks cleaned by Toyota and co., so the American airlines appear to be going the conservative route on onboard WiFi as compared to foreign airlines. I predict this is the wrong decision. To begin with, it’s obvious just about any business traveler would be dollars ahead plunking down the thirty bucks (current rate) to be connected to the Internet for the many hours of a transoceanic voyage. Secondly, to be perceived as technologically behind the curve in air travel is hugely bad business, the essence of penny wise pounds foolish.

But on third thought, maybe they’re waiting for Google to give WiFi to everyone for free – including air passengers. I take it all back.