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Mind your manners while using WiFi at 34,000 feet

As airlines scramble to offer in-flight wireless high-speed Internet coverage, you may want to consider the most productive and least offensive ways to use it within the small confines of your seat. Jackie Yeaney, chief marketing officer for communications technology company Premiere Global Services, offers these tips. Associated Press

Block the view: Consider investing in a privacy filter to block a side view of your computer screen. They're affordable and easy to use — just snap one on. "Always be careful of both personal and company info," Yeaney said. "You never know who's sitting next to you, let alone in front of you or behind you."

Mind your space: Use your computer, and your computer alone. Avoid scattering paperwork and encroaching on your neighbor's area.

No sound effects: Wear headphones or turn the volume off so the other passengers won't have to hear e-mail pings or Windows-themed acoustics during their flight.

Keep it to yourself: Be sure that you're silently reading text to yourself and not to others onboard.

Meetings: If you plan to participate in a work-related meeting online, feel free to participate via Web cast — just be conscious of your physical movement. Rather than speak during the meeting, try instant messages and chats or online polling to determine whether people understand or agree with your thoughts. "Being in a meeting is letting people know you're there," Yeaney said. "If you can't hear, make sure you're using polls or emoticons to let people know you care about what's being discussed."

Mind your manners while using WiFi at 34,000 feet 06/29/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 29, 2009 9:01pm]
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