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Beam Me Up

New product lets you fly the user-friendly skies.

Can't stand the idea of spending hours on a plane separated from the Internet? If you want Web access even when you're a mile above Earth, the solution is on its way, thanks to Sony's Trans Com division, which is debuting in-flight access to selected Web sites. Sony's P@ssport--currently for sale only to commercial airlines--attaches to the back of the seat in front of you or to your armrest. Once activated, it hooks into preloaded servers on the aircraft--which means it's not real-time access, and only about 500 sites are available. But if your Web craving will be sated by access to major sites, P@ssport is your ticket. By now, South African Airways should already have P@ssport on its planes. Watch for other carriers to join this race to bring the Web to their passengers.

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This article was originally published in the July 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Beam Me Up.

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