Forget Internt access in the skies. It now seems like you might be able to access the details of the plane that you’re actually on, thanks to an interesting choice that Boeing’s engineers have made.
The new 787 Dreamliner would seem to have only a single wired network on the plane, connecting passenger Internet access options as well as the navigation and control systems. As an added bonus some maintenance systems are on the same network as well.
Boeing claims that they have software controls in place to keep the systems apart, but that’s not all that comforting to the rest of the technically inclined world who pretty much all agree that software solutions aren’t sufficient to meet the needs for true security of critical systems, especially flight control.