Until the last 18 months or so, the airplane was the one place where you had no choice but to disconnect from your digital life.
If youâ€™re lamenting the introduction of wireless on most of the major airlines, you probably skew a bit crotchety anyway. Face it: on a cross-country BOS>LAX trip, how else am I going to spend six hours? I might as well get some work done.
Oh yeah, I peaked at LinkedIn and Facebook, and I wrote this blog post.
Spotty would be a generous way to describe the Internet connection at 35,000 feet, and it costs $17 on Virgin America. That seems a bit steep, but in the end itâ€™s probably worth it.
Iâ€™d say I was relatively productive. The work-on-a-plane experience in 2012 is a somewhat reasonable facsimile of being at my desk at the office. You know, aside from occasional turbulence and wafting jet fuel.
With my noise-cancelling headphones, tonight, itâ€™s just me, my music and my MacBook — and 150 silent strangers floating somewhere over the Midwest. Thankfully, I can still surround myself with my world back on planet Earth.
Thereâ€™s something to be said for taking a digital vacation and going untethered. But thatâ€™s what tropical islands are for. Iâ€™m totally fine with staying connected up in the air.