American Launches In-Flight Wi-Fi

09/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

American Airlines launched Wi-Fi service on 15 of its airplanes Wednesday, providing broadband Internet access on coast-to-coast flights in the U.S.

The service will cost a flat rate of $12.95 on flights of more than three hours, and passengers can sign up for Internet access much like they would at a Starbucks or hotel. When they turn on their laptops or BlackBerrys at 10,000 feet and open their Web browsers, they will be automatically directed to a portal page where they enter their credit card information.

American Airlines is not permitting the use of Voice over Internet Protocol services such as Skype, nor is the carrier allowing cell phone usage.

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