Boeing scraps in-flight Internet

Barely one year old, Connexion by Boeing has already met its demise. The International Herald-Tribune reports that the service, which offered satellite-based wireless Internet access to airline passengers in flight, simply wasn't taking off, so to speak. By Boeing's figures, on the average flight no more than 40 passengers would pay the $9.95 an hour (or $26.95 per flight) to get online, and those numbers simply weren't sufficient to sustain a business.

This writer, for one, is shocked. A flight without frills? In this modern age of air travel? Say it isn't so.