I failed to mention in the post about the man on the airplane the following conversation:
flight attendant: free internet will not be available on this flight
me: internet? on an airplane? what?!?!
me: since when? how does that work? what in the world, this is amazing!
mohammed: well, since you have been living in a cave many things have happened
I then took out my ipod and sure enough internet access for $4.99 and it's called something like "gogo" internet. So crazy. I didn't want to pay $4.99 but I was tempted just so I could say I used the internets while flying in a plane.