First post from 37000 feet!


I’m flying from Sydney to San Francisco, to work from the company’s US office for a while. United has in-flight Wi-Fi and powerpoints, so I can post from the sky for the first time. What a time to be alive.

The view is decidetly less interesting than drinking coffee at Bryant Park, Victoria Peak, Namba Parks, under Tokyo sakura, or the Boat Deck Cafe in Adelaide, not least because I find myself in the middle row on the isle without a window. But it’s… higher! So have a screenshot from the Wi-Fi login screen instead.

Screenshot showing the United Airlines Wi-Fi page

I like following the little inflight entertainment system map. We’ve made course changes a few times:

  1. Followed Australian coast to the QLD border
  2. Then to the right over New Caledonia
  3. Then over Suva, Fiji
  4. Then just to the left of Apia, Samoa
  5. And now over a lot of nothing!
  6. Eventually, according to the map, Hawaii

I assumed it could be for ETOPS reasons, but this Boeing PDF suggests that’s not a concern anymore. Because I could download a PDF and read it on a plane! Wild.

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