Qantas Now Pretty Sure That Your iPod Didn't Almost Crash Their Plane

Early last week a Qantas Airlines Airbus A330 surprised (and injured) its passengers with an inexplicable 300ft climb, followed by an even larger drop. Initial reports » 10/15/08 5:00am 10/15/08 5:00am seemed to place blame on interference from personal electronics — something that Qantas had claimed before. After the news made the rounds the…

Qantas Looking To Blame A330's Sudden Drop in Altitude On Passengers'…

Earlier this week, a Qantas A330 inexplicably climbed 300 feet and then suddenly nose-dived back down. In the cabin, 71 people were injured. Interestingly, the ATSB is now looking at in-cabin interference from personal electronics » 10/09/08 1:45pm 10/09/08 1:45pm as a possible cause of the "irregularity with the aircraft's elevator control system."…

Europe's Ryanair to Push Passengers One Step Closer to the Edge with…

If you're flying one of Europe's many discount carriers and you're not violently hungover, you're probably doing something wrong—the cabins of those single-class A319s are bubbling tempests of unshowered, throbbing rage that always seem a fraction of a degree away from boiling over. Now on your sunrise flight from… » 9/25/08 9:30am 9/25/08 9:30am

How to Make VoIP Calls on Aircell's In-Flight Wi-Fi

The folks at Aircell, providers of the Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service that launched on American last week » 8/25/08 12:20pm 8/25/08 12:20pm, have admitted that the ban on video and VoIP chats via Skype and other clients is not bandwidth related, it's for the sanity of everybody else on the plane (much like the in-flight calling ban that's started to ).…

Delta's Bringing In-Flight Wi-Fi to Its Entire U.S. Fleet

Delta will join the other airlines using Aircell's GoGo » 8/05/08 9:12am 8/05/08 9:12am cellular data service, becoming the first of the U.S. biggies to announce concrete plans for a fleet-wide rollout. They're starting with their 133 MD88/90s, then moving on to hit every plane by summer of next year. It'll run you $9.95 for flights less than three…

Gogo To Bring In-Flight Wi-Fi By Spring; We Can't Wait

We already knew that Virgin America and American Airlines were planning to bring in-flight wi-fi in 2008, but we seriously didn't expect it be ready by spring. Aircell has just launched its US in-flight wi-fi service called "gogo" and they claim it will be available in the first half of 2008. Virgin America and… » 3/13/08 4:05pm 3/13/08 4:05pm

American Airlines to Test In-Flight Wi-Fi in 2008

Some time in 2008, you may be lucky enough to get on a 767-200 transcontinental American Airlines flight that's testing the AirCell in-flight broadband service. The wireless net access will be available to all classes—yes, even us poor people—for a price. There will be three antennas outside the plane to transmit your… » 8/01/07 3:30pm 8/01/07 3:30pm

InFlight Power Adapter Keeps you Rockin' All The Way to Beijing

Finally, there is a gadget designed for airplanes that actually has some use to it and can be functional. The InFlight Power USB can charge any USB-chargeable device using the standard 1/8-inch headphone jack found in most airplanes around the world. It works by trickle charging the adapter and then dumping all of… » 6/16/06 10:26am 6/16/06 10:26am