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Take a Look at the First Flight with FAA-Approved Personal Gadget Use

November 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy Friday indeed, as today marks the first time air travelers may use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passed down the new directive yesterday, but held off on issuing airlines final approval until this afternoon when JetBlue and Delta got the sign-off on required testing to keep devices switched on.

According to ABC News:

Delta said on Thursday that all of its aircrafts had completed the "carrier-defined PED tolerance testing" needed to ensure that the electronic device frequencies didn't interfere with the aircraft. JetBlue said the same today, noting that all of its 191 planes had passed inspection.

These preparations have paid off for the airlines, as JetBlue and Delta came into a photo finish to the be the first airline approved under the new FAA directive. Other domestic airlines have either submitted for approval or are in the process of it, with the goal of Thanksgiving. Of course, flight attendants may just look the other way.

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FAA Finally Allows Gate-to-Gate Gadget Use! But Wait, There's a Catch

October 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Personal electronic gadget use does not crash airplanes. One would think this is already an accepted fact, but it's only today that the Federal Aviation Administration has concurred. At 10am EST, the FAA issued a new directive concerning the use of "PED" (Portable Electronic Devices) on commercial flights.

Previously, all electronics had to be switched off (not just on "airplane mode") during the taxi, take-off and landing portions of flight, and only approved for use while the aircraft was cruising above 10,000 feet. With the new FAA directive, passengers will be able to continue with reading on their tablets, listening to music on iPods and smartphones, and playing games on handheld consoles.

THE CATCH: all electronics will still need to be put away during the safety briefing, and during takeoff and landing roll. Larger electronics like laptops will still need to be shut down and stowed until 10,000'.

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Gogo Internet is Bringing Feature Films To Your Next Flight

October 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've got something for you to watch on an upcoming flight that’s way better than just looking at the seatback in front of you. We all know that Gogo is the best when it comes to streaming those in-flight WiFi waves, and now they’re partnering up with Hollywood to bring you even more content. Let’s just hope the guy in 16A isn’t hogging all the bandwidth, so we’ll actually be able to see what they’re offering.

Magnolia Pictures has inked an agreement with Gogo, and this will allow some airlines to offer first run films before they even hit the local multiplex. This is the first time Gogo has scored something like this, and we’re kind of hoping that it’s just the beginning.

A pair of movies, The Last Days on Mars and Best Man Down, will make their debuts at 35,000-feet as part of Gogo Vision—the WiFi provider’s video on demand service. The movies will be offered a good month before they come out in theaters, so be sure to pack plenty of popcorn in your carry-on bag.

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Gogo's Special Satellite Mix Promises 20x Faster In-Flight WiFi in 2014

September 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's an old, killer Louis CK interview where he mercilessly mocks people who are dissatisfied with the quality of In-Flight Wifi. The clip is hysterical—we posted it ourselves way back when—but it makes us feel a little bit uncomfortable.

We have, after all, occasionally been known to complain about our experience with Gogo internet service. It's amazing technology from the future, of course, but sometimes it's just not good enough for things that we actually need from the Internet, like having enough bandwidth to prevent our VPN from timing out.

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Thai Airways Will Soon Bring In-Flight WiFi All the Way to Bangkok

Where: Thailand
September 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

At this point we’ve started to take in-flight WiFi for granted. We use it, we enjoy it, and we're beginning to expect it. The technology may still be hit or miss on some of those international long-haul flight options, but this week there’s another carrier looking to change that.

Thai Airways has been busy working behind the scenes to get their network up and running for what we imagine must have been a decent amount of time. There’s been one thing holding them back, however, and that’s been the government. Thankfully the carrier just got the necessary approvals, as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission just gave the carrier the go ahead to start utilizing those magical internet waves.

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JetBlue Gets Approval to Move Forward with In-Flight WiFi

September 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve done our best to more than fill you in on all the goings-on related to JetBlue and their plans for in-flight WiFi. Now we have a little bit of an update, as the carrier just received some of the approvals for which they’ve been awaiting for quite some time.

Uncle Sam—through his buddies at the FAA—just handed out everyone’s favorite piece of government paperwork. It’s the Supplemental Type Certificate—STC to those in the know—and it was awarded to JetBlue’s A320s. That means that installation across the fleet can move forward full speed ahead. We imagine as you’re reading this there’s a JetBlue plane out there getting some new wires and antennae.

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Would You Pay $8 for WiFi on a 50-Minute Southwest Flight?

August 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM | by | Comment (1)

We love in-flight WiFi. Who doesn't? Finally, on long-haul trips and even short jaunts, we have the option of checking our email, updating our social media and perhaps less fun, finishing up our work.

Yet in-flight WiFi is not cheap. We know this. Typically, we can expect to pay around $15-$20 for a cross-country flight, sometimes more. But if you're like us and you have constant work deadlines, this can be a nominal price to pay.

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One Irrefutable Rule of In-Flight WiFi is...

August 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Monday, which means a distraction is definitely in order. Luckily we've got the perfect little one minute comic to share: click to view.

Matthew Inman is the cartoonist behind the brilliant web series "The Oatmeal". He's the sort of dual artist-comedian who expertly illustrates those weird thoughts everyone thinks, but never say.

Over the weekend, while onboard a flight, he had a tiny revelation which led to an on-the-fly comic he drew, uploaded and posted to Twitter all thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi.

[Image: @Oatmeal]

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You've Never Seen Anything Like Singapore Airlines' Next Gen In-Flight Entertainment

Where: Singapore
July 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen

1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

They're calling it the "world's most advanced in-flight entertainment system."

Singapore Airlines is psyching up to launch their Next Generation of cabin products this autumn, including a completely new KrisWorld experience backed by Panasonic's eX3 system. Singapore will be the first airline with eX3, starting off in their new 777-300ERs and A350s, and let us be the first to say that it looks freaking amazing.

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Surprise, Surprise: US Airways Gets Closer to Fleetwide In-Flight WiFi

July 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re usually not quick to talk about the wonderful amenities, features, and other travel tidbits associated with US Airways, but that’s because there really aren’t that many! Well this week things are getting a little bit better, as the carrier just announced that they’ve made some serious progress in the WiFi-a-fication of their fleet.

All in all, US Airways has put in the necessary bits and pieces to power Gogo in-flight internet service on around 90% of their domestic flights. There’s about 270 planes now good to go in their mainline fleet, and they’ve even got a good chunk of planes in their US Airways Express fleet with the WiFi magic as well.

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What's Up with JetBlue's In-Flight WiFi?

July 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Consider the night sky. On a clear evening you can count on twinkling stars, the moon, a couple planets and, every so often, the faint blink of a passing aircraft. Now think about all the satellites flitting around up there; Quora puts the number at 3,500-ish, or 3,501-ish if you consider that even JetBlue now has their own (named ViaSat-1) to support what they hope will be "the industry's best inflight broadband for commercial aviation."

That's right—we're talking about in-flight WiFi on JetBlue, or "Fly-Fi" as they've dubbed it. Fly-Fi is already active on one A320 aircraft—that's tail N804JB "Got Blue?" for all you with an eye to the sky—and the test flights finished up last week. It shouldn't be much longer now until FAA certification and then the fun can really begin.

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Infographic Alert: RouteHappy's Guide to International In-Flight WiFi

June 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's funny. in-flight wifi has existed for several years now (anyone remember JetBlue's "BetaBlue" plane back in 2007), and yet we're still sending tweets from the sky like "hello down there--in-flight wifi is the future!"

As more and more airlines understand exactly that, more and more airplanes are coming online so that more and more passengers may update their Facebook status over Nebraska. In fact, the progress of in-flight WiFi installation has picked up with such a speed that it's difficult to keep track of who's got what going where. That's where RouteHappy.com steps in, as they've crunched the numbers and soothed the headaches needed to produce a complete guide to the current state of in-flight WiFI, both domestic and international.

You can download the full report from the RouteHappy website (click the box on the right that says "download report"), but we just have to share some of the more exciting facts:

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