10.24.08

What’s he watching?

Posted in Society at 11:09 by RjZ

I waiting for another plane ride and I got to thinking about censorship. I tried to do some quick research on it, but the free WiFi internet access in the airport blocked my search. Airlines, now working on offering WiFi internet access on airplanes, are considering the same blocking of sites that may contain ‘adult content’.

Sure, I understand how awkward it might be having the stranger sitting next to you downloading porn while you fly over the heartland, but that doesn’t mean I understand why they bother to block it. What’s stopping him (or her!) from just sliding a DVD into their computer and watching the stuff in front of everyone? I couldn’t find any airline policies forbidding this (perhaps because my search was blocked). Although I bet that they do. Quite a reasonable choice too, it seems, ‘indecency’ and all  (it’s hardly a hardship; my seatmate will be comfortably at home or in a hotel soon enough.)

So why do we block these sites and searches? I can only assume some shortsighted, narrow-minded folks are responsible; claiming something like ‘we’ve got to keep our kids safe.’ Block them at home where you can’t keep an eye on your children 24 hours a day (although I’m sure those same folks will try) but why even waste our time and money when your local coffee shop, airport and airline may already have policies, which they’re entitled to have, that forbid you from viewing this stuff out in the open.

Adult DVDs or even R-Rated movies are not forbidden on personal computers and DVD players, so downloading porn needn’t to be either except for the bandwidth concern, and providers can easily limit how much bandwidth you may use. There’s really little point to blocking this stuff, even if it does seems a ridiculous place do it.

1 Comment »

  1. Chris said,

    October 28, 2008 at 23:08

    Thought I’d post a link to another blogger that I recently read on the subject.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/runway-girl/2008/10/american-airlines-passengers-a.html

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