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AA filters in-flight porn

2008-10-09 14:17:28.707643+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

American Airlines announces that it will filter porn on in-flight internet services:

American, the nation's largest carrier, said it hasn't gotten reports of passengers viewing "inappropriate content" on the Gogo in-flight service but said filtering was "an appropriate measure to take."

Oooookay. So, you spend your mumbledy-mumbledy bucks on your in-flight internet services, and then you discover that, as EKR over at Educated Guesswork points out, someone has decided that Mother Jones is porn (we already know that Flutterby is), and...? I can't see this working out well for customers or for the airline, but, in light of Violet Blue's "sex doesn't sell" observation, it disturbs me that this sort of stupidity is seen as a good business move.

But then, in this socialized economy, claiming business hardship and sucking off government funds while rewarding the executive team lavishly is the norm, so maybe bad business moves are good business moves in this context. And airlines have a hell of a lot of experience in sucking off the public teat.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-10 07:53:21.193776+00 by: topspin

The filter probably makes sense for now while American trains the pilots to navigate with one hand and sticky controls.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-10-10 12:56:16.028863+00 by: JT [edit history]

On designing the Boeing 777, the engineers were providing ways where a pilot could completely program the flight before taking off. Takeoff would be programmed, swapped to the autopilot following gps for the flight plan, up to an automated ils or gps approach completely flown by the plane's automated systems.

One of the engineers made a comment that instead of having the pilot, copilot, and navigator positions in the cockpit, there would be instead a dog cage and a pilot's chair. The job of the pilot would be to feed the dog. The job of the dog would be to bite the pilot if he touched any of the controls.

I guess with the submission of this article, it would be a bit more clear what the pilot could do with his time instead of flying the plane... (wish someone would pay me for that, I'd be rich)