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August 28, 2008

Online porn at 30,000 feet?

Religious group Focus On The Family is urging people to complain to American Airlines about its plan to offer unfiltered wireless Internet access on flights. The group is apparently worried that some passengers might view online porn sites at 30,000 feet.

Daniel Weiss, the group's senior analyst for media and sexuality, said that "because this nation has not been serious about vigorously attacking pornography, some believe it is appropriate to view in public. Not only will the flight attendants be placed in a situation that could be considered sexual harassment, passengers who openly view porn where children can see it may be violating federal harmful-to-minor laws."

The group is urging members to email American and demand that in-flight Internet be filtered to block potentially offensive sites.

Airline officials have told us that they considered filtering software, but found that too often it prevents access to legitimate Internet sites. Flight attendants will handle problems on a case-by-case basis, and are already trained to deal with passengers who bring offensive material on board.

- Trebor Banstetter

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Comments

SalMonela

This situation is little different than the a passenger "reading" a pornographic magazine inflight. I have seen it happen on more than one occasion, and flight attendants have dealt with it quickly and professionally.

Frank

This organization doing the complaining is only another income source for Dr. James Dobson, another TV preacher.

There's a lot more to throw a fit about in life.

LP

If you want censored internet, perhaps you should flay on Saudia.

hje

I can confirm the first poster's observation. Some guy sat down to me in first class and immediately popped open a copy of Playboy. Weird, but kind of funny in its cluelessness.

I just made sure he didn't hand anything to me during the flight.

Diginess

Focus on the Family, you're not living in some third world country, and you won't turn this country into one.

Kelvin G

its hard to filter all the sites, so either banned internet or live with it..

Dave @ Free Passes

I would like to add, what kind of idiot would look at porn on a plane or in public? This type of material should be kept private and it is up to people who still have standards and moral values to smack sense into those you do not. Regulations, filters, etc., should not be neccesary if the majority of us still have backbone enough to put the dumb-asses in their place.
(p.s I own adult sites but I am sincere in my comment)

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