SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A Toronto man got the shock of his life when he received the bill for reading his emails this week during a trip on Singapore Airlines: $1,200.
"I had an otherwise enjoyable flight," ruined by the "sticker shock of being gouged $1200," blogged Jeremy Gutsche, founder of online trend site Trendhunter.
The bill, which came up on Gutsche's cell phone at the end of the flight, covered 155 page views, mostly of emails, he noted.
He signed up for a $30 WiFi package. But that was llittle more than the access fee. The rest was an "overage charge" for downloading 30 megabytes of material.
At one point Gutsche uploaded a 4 megabyte Power Point doc, which he estimated cost him $100. The email warning his staffers that the upload was taking some time probably cost him $10, he thinks.
"I can think of a lot of other things I'd rather spend $1200 on, like a flight... to Singapore!" he quipped. "Alas, I've already done that and the flight ended up costing way more than expected."
The airline hasn't yet responded to his complaints.