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Friday, June 24, 2005
Technology that transforms airline seats into personalized in-flight offices will be available shortly, including even a personalized air conditioning system in the pipeline that will allow passengers to breathe fresh air and adjust the temperature around their seat. Chatting on a cell phone, surfing the Net from a laptop and watching video-on-demand will soon all become part of the standard flying experience, even in economy class. Ericsson has developed an airborne version of its cell-phone system. Airplane-compatible cell-phone technology has been around for years, "but now that it is in the mass market, the price of everything has come down. It was simply a matter of making the base station more rugged and shock-resistant." The system Ericsson has designed allows flight crews to block calls, during a sleeping period on a long flight, for example, or during take-off and landing. Besides using their cell phones, passengers will be able use back-of-the seat screens to surf the Internet, select video and audio programming on demand, read the in-flight magazine or even a book, shop duty-free, and choose their on-board meals.
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