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March 22, 2006 at 5:10 PM

“Coolest flight of my life”

This morning, somewhere over the Atlantic, there were 24 people playing video games at 30,000 feet.

The group departed Copenhagen for New York, where the TransAtlantic Showdown video gaming championships were taking place. On the way, they held real-time wireless online exhibition matches from a Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) plane equipped with Connexion by Boeing in-flight Internet data and entertainment service.

As one gamer put it on a blog: “When this is being posted, I am still 36,000 feet above the sea level. There is a sweet Swedish blonde sitting next to me, dozens of gamers are on board playing ‘Quake 4,’ ‘WarCraft 3’ and ‘Counter-Strike,’ and I can browse the net as much as I like. I am going to GGL’s Trans-Atlantic Showdown in New York City and this is hands down the coolest flight of my life.”

During said cool flight, the gamers shot, plotted and zapped from their laps — perhaps with the seat in the upright position, or not. We wonder, does the FAA approve?

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