Folks, I'm worried about this.
What happens if the set data-limits are exceeded by crew and passengers and, say, AT&T decides to throttle the plane back. Does this cut data feeds like GPS, radio signals, landing instructions, in-flight data-systems such as fuel? Will they force us to de-fuel to pay for it, or maybe send up interceptors and force us to pay them, in-flight? I think I saw this in a Stallone movie with John Lithgow, where they strung up some hi-wire and we'd have to slip all the luggage and valuables over. Gee. I don't know if I'd like that. "Can I get change - I only have Twenties?"
Or will it be more automated? "Sorry, you didn't respond quickly enough. All systems off."
I mean, what happens if the pilot and co-pilot have been exceeding their data limits for a while and, despite every collection effort, the ComCastAir decides there's no other recourse but to shut down the plane? Say, at 30,000 feet?
Or, what happens if the RIAA discovers the navigator's on Strike 7? Will they let the plane land or send it off-course, like to the Seychelles for quarantine? (I like the Seychelles, by the way. Very nice. Except for the tsunamis. And if I'm on one of those Southwest hour-long flights, gulp...)
Will Anonymous hack in and scramble everything up? Will they run the in-flight movie backwards, or download something totally inappropriate and force us to watch it?
Somehow, I don't think any of this will speed up Windows by 50%. Darn.