In its “In-flight Etiquette” video the company urged: “When it comes to the sites you visit, be an angel. Remember you are in public. You wouldn’t want to shock your neighbour or reveal confidential information.”
Passengers heeded Aircell’s suggestion. American Airlines in a statement last week said it “has not experienced any reported incidents of customers viewing inappropriate content via the Gogo service”.
Nonetheless, shortly after reports surfaced that Delta Air Lines will filter pornographic content when it begins offering Gogo to passengers, American announced its own plan to do the same, saying its decision was based on feedback from customers – the Girls Against Porn group? – and employees (read flight attendants).
So American garners the distinction of being the first US major to offer full in-flight Internet, while Delta gets the distinction of being the first US major to formally announce plans to police the skies.
I assure you I don’t advocate XXX viewing in-flight. I grew up watching Highway to Heaven and Little House on the Prairie for God’s sakes (good ole Half Pint).
At the same token, however, one must ask just where the line is going to be drawn. Who decides what qualifies as porn? Readers addressed some of these questions in response to a previous RWG post.
Will Air Canada and Virgin America – two leaders in the in-flight entertainment sector that plan to offer Gogo – now follow suit?
Quite possibly. Girls Against Porn is now urging folks to contact Virgin and tell them to filter porn on the carrier’s flights.