In-flight wireless internet access is being tested by SAS (Scandinavian Airline Systems).
If the tests are successful travelers can expect onboard internet access by the end of the year. Sweden-based airline consortium, the Stockholm, is working with Swedish telecommunications operator Telia to develop the service.
Telia’s ‘Home Run’ service is already commonplace in airports and hotels throughout Sweden, offering subscription-based internet services. Home Run enables travelers to log onto the internet from a hotel room or airport departure lounge.
The system, which is based on standard LAN technology, will allow users to access certain travel-based websites and their personal email accounts during their journeys.
The system will only be available on the Swedish airline for the time being but other airlines are set to follow suit. A British Airways spokesperson said that BA had no immediate plans to install internet enabled devices on their planes, but added that it may be a future consideration.
The most difficult task, which faces airline staff, may be teaching travelers how to use the devices.