Delta Airlines has announced that it intends implement a system that will filter "inappropriate" websites on its planned airborne Wi-Fi service.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Delta "planned to rely on flight attendants to handle inappropriate situations". However, it's now decided to throw out that idea, and is "working with Wi-Fi provider Aircell to use a system to block inappropriate content."
"Blocking will be limited in scope and will be for sites that few, if any, would question are inappropriate to be viewed on an aircraft. Our focus is to achieve a balanced approach," says Delta spokesman Kent Landers.
American Airlines has said it prefers to "provide unfiltered connections - such as those found at the average home or office - and have flight crews monitor internet usage for inappropriate material." Delta planned to do the same but has had a change of heart. The move could prompt American Airlines to do the same.
Australian airlines Qantas has gone one step further and recently said that instead of unfiltered internet access, customers would only have "cached internet content" to the most popular sites alongwith access to web-based email and chat.