Unholster your Blackberry and sharpen your stylus; Delta will become the first major airline to offer Internet access across its entire 330-plane fleet by next summer, the Wall Street Journal reports, driven by the proliferation of handheld wireless devices and a desire among business passengers to keep working. Delta surveyed 15 of its largest corporate customers, finding “overwhelmingly they wanted to be more productive," Delta’s CEO said.
While the in-air connection offers customers choice and opens a new revenue stream to ailing airlines—$9.95 for 3-hour flights, $12.95 for longer hauls—some worry it violates society’s last unplugged sanctuary, as travelers will feel pressured to answer email rather than tune out and read a book. "Time on an airplane was either time lost or time found," one Delta VP said. "This is going to totally change the dynamics."