Loyal laptop at my side

It’s getting easier to drag along the old laptop on even long-distance hauls.  I read that American will offer Wi-Fi on some of its planes later this year, and Delta plans to have it on all flights by the end of next year.  The service is provided by Aircell, which is irrelevant to most of us, as we just want to be online, thank you very much.  And I doubt if I’ll be checking on my PDA or iPhone, because I just can’t see the darn things well enough.  I recently saw a fellow checking his e-mail on some small device, and he had to use a magnifying glass to even read the display.  It’s either that or use large type, which means you have to scroll across every word; what kind of reading continuity is that?

So, it’s the laptop for me, as I’m usually writing an article on the road anyway.  But will I surf and e-mail when I’m flying off to London?  I find it a little difficult to focus when flying.  First, time to get settled and scope out the neighbors — will they be reasonable or insufferable?  We all end up looking pretty silly on a long flight, so we must tolerate the person who spends the entire trip, including walking to the toilet, with an inflatable pillow around his/her neck.  Then, after takeoff, it’s time to wait for the drinks service (still free on international flights — so far).  Then dinner, such as it is (good food still to be had on some, such as SAS).  Watching my own personal video screen (I must put on my reading glasses, because it’s so close).  Maybe then I’ll check e-mail.

More good news on the laptop front:  We no longer have to drag them out of our carryon and put them in their own little tray for security.  TSA just approved a new bag design with a “laptop only” flap that zips out and can lie flat.  One less thing to forget at security!  I just got a press release about a company that is hurrying their bags to shops:  Pathfinder Luggage is taking orders for its bag, so be prepared to wait!

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