If you’ve been following the news, then you know that airline companies are starting to attract customers by offering up the use of tablets on their airlines, for example the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, although it does seem largely limited to business and first class passengers. Those sitting in coach will have to make do with the regular entertainment system (which isn’t that bad honestly).
Well now it looks like Google will be teaming up with Virgin America to offer up Chrome OS notebooks for testing, but only on certain flights. For starters, the passengers who are flying on Virgin America between the airline’s home airport in San Francisco and either Boston, Chicago O’Hare or Dallas airports between the 1st of July and the 30th of September will be able to check out a laptop at their gates. A free in-air WiFi pass will also be provided, which can be used during the flight itself.
Passengers will however, have to give up their credit card information, which we assume is for safety and deposit reasons. Google Chrome staff will also be present at the participating Virgin America gates to assist passengers who may be unfamiliar with the new operating system. I don’t know about you, but I would gladly hop on one of these flights just to get my hands on a Chrome OS notebook, even if to just use it for the duration of the flight. I am curious to see what the new Google operating system, with a reported boot time of 8 seconds, has to offer.