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American Airlines gets ready for in-flight WiFi

After a stack of trials, it seems we're about to get a commercial WiFi service on board a plane, as American Airlines has announced it is has launched its first service on 15 of its domestic US fleet. (opens in new tab)

The service is being offered on non-stop flights between New York and San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, and New York and Miami. The cost is $12.95 per flight. Passengers, the airline says, will be able to sign up when they boot up their browsers.

The bad news is that AA says it's "restricting the use of voice over IP services," though it's difficult to see how that's going to be possible, given the port variations you can use.

Delta, meanwhile, has announced plans to kit out its US domestic fleet of planes with WiFi by the middle of 2009.

And loads of other airlines are testing similar services. Wow, it looks we're finally getting there...

"Hello - I'm on the plane..."