In-air communication: Wi-Fi yes, cell phones no

Next time you take to the skies you won't be able to use your cell phone, but you might just be able to check your e-mail. It seems that U.S.-based airlines are all planning to jump on the Wi-Fi bandwagon, offering Internet access on flights in the next year. Don't expect the access to come for free: there will be a fee to use it, of course.

Meanwhile, the FCC has confirmed that they won't be allowing cell-phone usage during flights anytime soon, citing vague technical reasons. We all know that the real reason is that there would be few things worse than sitting next to someone yakking it up on their cell phone for a seven-hour flight, and the FCC is looking out for the sanity of travelers everywhere. Wi-Fi but no phones? That's a compromise I can live with.

Via CNN and The Wall Street Journal