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.