United Airlines shuts Battelle down cold

So there’s tech titan John Battelle, zooming along on a United flight between the coasts, using his amazing iChat software to check in with the kids at home. The flight has Wifi.

Uh-oh.  Here comes the flight steward. Not good.

He says no cameras due to security. Shut ‘er down or it’s the gulag for you, pal.

So he does. ┬áThere’s no Skype allowed on planes, primarily so it doesn’t become an irritant. They forgot to block the amazing iChat software.