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Travel Editor Will Chat On Internet At 39,000 Feet

Tom Parsons, editor and president of the travel site Bestfares.com, will answer questions about air travel during an online chat session from a British Airways jet, flying at 39,000 feet above the Atlantic.

There will be two sessions--due to "overwhelming public response"--on Oct. 8, 1998 at 7:00 pm EST for one hour, and Oct. 13, 1998 at 10:00 am EST for an hour and a half.

"What better location can there be to bring sky-high airfares back down to earth than inside a commercial aircraft at 39,000 feet?" said Parsons. "This Internet chat proves that business and leisure travelers can now connect to anyone anywhere."

Among the topics being discussed will be: how to find the lowest published air fares; how to reduce your fares by using promotional offers; and how to take advantage of buy-one-get-one-free offers to Europe.

British Telecom is providing the technology to enable the link-up between the aircraft and the Internet, using three satellite telephone lines and two laptops. It is thus truly an Anglo-American enterprise, as confirmed by Tom Parsons who noted, "I chose the British Airways Boeing 777 since it is the newest American made aircraft with the latest high tech toys, which will change the way people travel and communicate on the road."