Electronics Are Now Allowed During Takeoff and Landing, But What About WiFi?
At this point, you’ve probably heard that you can leave some electronics switched on during takeoff and landing as long as you’re doing so in airplane mode. JetBlue and Delta are the first carriers to start implementing the new relaxed rules and regulations, but there’s probably one thing that you still won’t be able to do below 10,000-feet—use the in-flight WiFi.
Carriers like American Airlines, Delta, Virgin America, United, and US Airways all utilize Gogo to get their in-flight Internet, and that’s a problem for those looking to connect on the ground. The way Gogo does its thing is based upon sending its magical WiFi signal to airplanes at cruising altitude rather than those hanging out on the ground or climbing into the skies. Gogo is looking into changing that, but for now that means you need to look elsewhere if you want to stay truly connected from takeoff to touch-down.
Southwest Airlines and Allegiant use different types of technology, however, and that means that these carriers are good to go when it comes to Internet connectivity at the gate, on the ground, and up in the air. The WiFi on these airlines is based on satellite technology, and as a result passengers should be able to get a signal regardless of the plane's altitude.
We certainly appreciate the ability to stay in touch when traveling the friendly skies; however, we do think we’ll be able to flip through SkyMall or the in-flight magazine for a few minutes before the Internet waves start flowing. However, for those that just can’t wait, book at a ticket aboard a Southwest flight. Just remember that they all aren’t yet doing the in-flight WiFi thing.