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A Thanksgiving Miracle: JetBlue's 'Fly-Fi' In-Flight WiFi Powers On

November 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The chips are certainly falling in JetBlue's favor lately. First, their new "Mint" premium seats sell out minutes after going on sale, and now the FAA approves gate-to-gate gadget use just as the airline revs up for the debut of their own satellite-supported in-flight WiFi network, "Fly-Fi."

In fact, the switch has already been flipped and JetBlue is the midst of a trial period, allowing users to log on and surf the web for free (it will remain free) and push the system to its limits. The specific aircraft to watch for is tail number N534JB (and possibly also N804JB). From Zach Honig at Engadget, we know it's flown on the JFK-Austin route and, from Seth at The Wandering Aramean, it's also made a run or two down to Orlando.

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Tis the Season to Save on Gogo In-Flight WiFi

November 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s time for the ho-ho-holiday season, and Gogo is ready to start beaming plenty of candy cane scented WiFi waves. Okay we might have made that part up, but they are looking forward to plenty of travelers logging on en route to Grandma’s for one more check of Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Just as in years past they’re offering up some Holiday Bundles to help save you a few bucks while assisting with your need to stay connected. This season there are two from which to choose, as there’s one for just your mobile device and there’s one for your phone, laptop, and tablet together.

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And the Next Airline to Bring In-Flight WiFi to the Skies is...

Where: Spain
November 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we think of budget carriers, low cost carriers, and other cheap ways to travel the friendly skies amenities don’t usually come to mind. However, that’s not the case with Vueling, as they’re about to add something pretty darn awesome to the in-flight cabin.

Some of Vueling’s planes are heading into the hangar for an upgrade, as the carrier has plans to add in-flight WiFi to their fleet. Details are pretty limited at this point, as it sounds like even the company doing the wiring and whatnot is unknown. However, things could launch as soon as next month, so keep your WiFi settings updated and search for a signal.

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Electronics Are Now Allowed During Takeoff and Landing, But What About WiFi?

November 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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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]