Boeing's Connexion announcement
Patrick W. Gilmore
patrick at ianai.net
Sun Oct 15 08:56:34 UTC 2006
On Oct 14, 2006, at 9:04 PM, Todd Underwood wrote:
>> I disagree.
> i disagree with your disagreement.
You are welcome to your opinion.
>> Seat power is ubiquitous on some airlines (e.g. American), and
>> available in all but coach on others (e.g. Virgin, Luftansa). It's
> "all but coach"? seriously? hilarious.
> "democracy is available to all but the majority"
> "wealth is available for all but the middle class and poor"
> come on.
In Virgin, BA, etc., there are frequently -four- classes on an
international flight. You can get "premium economy" just by having
status on some airlines, or buying a full-fare coach ticket on others
(e.g. BA). It really ain't that hard, or expensive. Especially for
biz travelers who can't always make plans a month in advance.
That said, yeah, I mostly fly coach.
> seat power is not ubiquitous on american, either. it's on every 3rd
> seat or some nonense and there's no way to figure out whether you are
> in such a seat.
> i identified this early on as one of th emajor factors causing this
> service to fail.
Interestingly, I fly over 50K miles per year on AA on average and
have very, very rarely not had seat power. Guess I've been lucky.
BTW: Jet Blue, whom I love otherwise, says they will not install seat
power. Something about the cabling for the TV. They were very nice
about my request, but very firm about not having any plans for seat
power any time in the future. I guess TVs make more money than laptops.
>> AC power is not required. Bigger seats might be. :)
> bigger seats may not be required. ac power is.
This is where we disagree. My G4 PB gives me 4 hours of use with a
new batter, and over 2 hours with a 3 year old battery. I hear the
new Intel ones give 5+ hours. How much do you need? SJC <-> IAD is
only 5/6 hours, and you can't use your laptop the whole time (take
off, landing, snacks, toilet breaks, etc.).
However, that same 12" PB (not a large laptop by any definition) on
Luftansa is close unusable in coach if the person in front of you
leans back. I had to contort pretty horribly to use it. (Which I
did, 'cause I -had- to send e-mail from the plane. :) Lack of seat
power was not an issue, I just had two batteries. And this was BOS -
> MUC, which ain't a short flight.
Using a 15" or larger laptop on that flight is essentially
unthinkable. I could not have opened the laptop enough to see the
screen. During meals, the flight attendants made everyone sit up,
otherwise the people behind them wouldn't have been able to eat.
Yes, it was that bad.
Summary: Bigger seats are required, seat power may not be. Maybe
this is how they get you to upgrade so you can use seat power. :)
>> P.S. I used it for > 4 hours on Luftansa in coach, without seat
>> power. And would happily pay $27.95, perhaps more, to use it again.
> /me too. the price is well-worth it.
At least we agree on something.
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