Will Self-Control Work For In-Flight Internet Access?

from the are-people-trustworthy? dept

With in-flight internet access getting closer and closer to reality for many airlines, there are still plenty of questions about etiquette and acceptable behaviors. Some airlines are purposely setting up content filters and blocking the use of VoIP (as much as possible, since it's possible to get around most blocks), but as Broadband Reports points out, some believe that people will self-regulate, in most cases. People surfing porn at open WiFi hotspots hasn't been a huge issue, because people know that others are around and so they have enough self-control. The same should be true on airplanes. And while we all know people who are oblivious to how rude it is to hold a loud mobile phone conversation in public, a few reminders and social cues may be enough to keep that from being a serious problem in the air. There will be exceptions -- but is trying to eliminate those few exceptions worth having a near total ban on certain activities?

Filed Under: etiquette, filters, flying, in-flight internet, internet access, self-control, voip


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    re: nipseyrussell, 12 May 2008 @ 11:00am

    People don't need the internet

    I agree, porn doesn't need to be on the "innernet" and there are many other avenues that the needy could have been using all along for that (and some might even get more excited when they know others can see what they are looking at)...people have been carrying portable DVD players and MP3 players for a long time and I find it highly annoying enough to listen to someone watch a movie with headphones on and laugh out loud or sing with their music while I am trying to nap in the seat next to them. At least emailing is usually quiet, and a little common sense on the phone calls is a good plan. Use instant messaging!

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