When will it be possible for me to surf the net on a plane?

Traveling sucks. You know it, I know it, the American people know it. But here I am sitting at Denver International Airport and blogging through their "free" WiFi while waiting for my connection. It's made this trip so much easier.

It'd be even better if I could continue surfing while in flight. Why is this not possible today? (Or is it, and I just don't know?) When will it be possible?

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They're starting to roll it

They're starting to roll it out. Of course, there are issues:

Delta, which plans to offer WiFi on some planes later this year and on its whole domestic fleet in 2009, has decided to prevent passengers from accessing inappropriate content, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article. Delta said it had considered turning to its flight attendants to handle the problem but decided to adopt technical means instead.

In-flight WiFi is starting to emerge on a few airlines outside the U.S. and was launched by American Airlines on a limited basis in August. Both companies will block VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), avoiding the uproar over annoying in-flight cell phone calls.

Lulz

The solo mile-high club...

New-York / Paris on

New-York / Paris on Lufthansa has it.

I personally would prefer

I personally would prefer not to have internet on the plane, it's too much of a distraction, and would likely contribute to higher ticket prices whether they say so or not. I do like being able to have wifi at the airport, but it's not something I really expect and I'm only a little sad when it's not there.