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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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Southwest Airlines hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of in-air technology, but slowly but surely they’ve been adding to their in-flight WiFi abilities. In-flight connectivity won’t be available on each and every one of your Southwest flights just yet, but they are boosting some of their offerings in hopes of keep passengers entertained at 35,000-feet.
The airline’s video-on-demand service just finishing rolling out to each and every one of the tech-enabled planes, so now you’re free to check out this and that from the comfort of your seat. It’s $5 per movie or $5 for television, and it sounds like that rate is the price regardless of whether or not you’re signing up for the full WiFi. Obviously you’ll need your own device, so please don’t ask the flight attendants where you can get an iPad with the TV on it like the guy seated in 18A.
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News about Allegiant Air usually is all about cheap fares to lesser known city pairs, unique fees and surcharges, and of course the recent ability to fly all the way over to Hawaii. Rarely—as in never—do we hear the carrier’s thoughts on in-flight entertainment or other tech tidbits to keep passengers entertainment while up in the air, so that’s why we almost choked on our breakfast burrito when we heard about their feelings on in-flight movies.
Allegiant is planning to team up with Row 44 in hopes of bringing a little bit of in-flight connectivity to their low-cost carrier model, as apparently they understand that even passengers on cheap fares can get pretty darn bored up in the air.
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It’s been some time since we heard about Southwest Airlines and their WiFi fun, but now it sounds like things are picking up. The airline that will always LUV us is now doing even more to show us that they care, as they’ll be bringing live streaming content right to our seats at 35,000-feet.
The plan is to offer both live news and sports programming in the skies, and to test all this using five planes. In total there will be seven different channels that passengers will be able to watch right on their own devices. If the channels catch on, they'll pick up on installations, and more and more options will be available as soon as the middle of July. That means your iPad, iPod, Kindle, or that new Google thing needs to be fully charged and ready to go, as there is no plan to install any kind of in-flight touchscreens right in the back of your Southwest seat.
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Icelandair knows that you can only read so much about the Blue Lagoon in your guidebook before you need to hop onto the internets to check out a few more sample itineraries (and more pics of those hot springs). So that’s why the carrier is teaming up with Row 44 to offer up some international WiFi to each and every one of their airplanes.
Wait just one sec, however. It sounds like the installation process will start towards the end of the year, and the goal is to get a couple of planes up and going before 2013 rolls around. Thanks to super specific definitions, Icelandair will even be the first North Atlantic airline to do the fleet-wide WiFi thing.
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Hopefully you’re safely back in town after a weekend of holiday travels, and if you’re lucky you might have even been served a bag of peanuts by one of the best flight attendants around. Apparently she’s been hard at work—and extra friendly—aboard plenty of Southwest Airlines flights, and she’s so nice she even got the airline a customer for life.
On a recent flight, a passenger and his girlfriend were quite impressed with a flight attendant by the name of Holly. It just happened to be a WiFi-enabled flight, so the traveler logged on to Facebook to let Southwest know what a great flight it was. On a whim he suggested that someone meet them at the gate to give Holly a raise, a promotion, or even a burrito from Chipotle. He even agreed to sign a contract pledging to only fly with Southwest Airlines as long as Holly was in charge of passing out the peanuts and serving up smiles.
It was just last week when Row 44 was offering to take us out to the ballgame, and now it looks like the in-flight WiFi provider is adding even more content. They definitely have an uphill battle to catch up with Gogo, but we’ve got to give it to them for giving it the old college try.
What they’re planning to do is to offer live Internet Protocol television—that’s IPTV to its friends—at 35,000 feet right to your phone, laptop, or iPad. They’ve signed on channels and companies like FOX News Channel, MSNBC, and BBC World News, so news junkies will definitely be able to get their fix no matter where they are above the earth. For passengers that prefer suits to sweats there will be plenty of the business beat as well, as they’re signing on with CNBC, FOX Business Network, and Bloomberg Television.
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Most of the country is ready for some football, but let’s remember that there’s still plenty of baseball to be played this fall. Southwest Airlines is sticking by America's pastime, and they’re bringing it to some of their planes. Now it’ll only be a matter of time before we’re reading about Yankees and Red Sox fans delaying flights due to in-flight arguments.
Row 44—they’re the ones that bring the in-flight magic to Southwest—has partnered with Major League Baseball to provide live streaming at 35,000 feet. That means live video and audio of the season’s best games right to the comfort of your tray table. We’re just hoping that the playoffs and World Series are an option as well, as we would love some in-flight peanuts and a cold beer along with some WiFi baseball.
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Three cheers for in-flight entertainment! Hip hip, hooray! Hip hip, hooray! Hip hip, hoo...misses the days of crossword puzzle magazines and listening to your CD player on a flight? Not us! And thankfully, not the airlines either as the majority of US carriers engage in a race to see who can have the biggest seatback TVs or the fastest in-flight WiFi.
Like it or not, what the airlines offer can vary greatly, especially where movies or music is involved. Thus, in the interest of helping you to be the coolest and most informed traveler around, we've laid out exactly what to expect when you sit in your seat. Our annual guide (now in its third year) highlights domestic carriers, plus the bonus of Air Canada because they get around the US enough. Enjoy, travel happily, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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Southwest Airlines Media Day: when SWA gathers journalists at its Dallas Love Field HQ to give a sort of "State of the Union" of the airline. It's also a great time for journalists to get an inside look at how the airline operates, and that's what I, Steven Frischling of Flying With Fish, will be bringing to you, direct from Dallas, over the next few days.
Next: Southwest announces the future of their in-flight WiFi.
WiFi in the sky...who doesn't love WiFi in the sky? Apparently Southwest Airlines does, in fact, love WiFi and wants to make connectivity more accessible to passengers with a simplified pricing scheme, one that is attractive to those on a one-hour flight and a downright bargain for those on longer, transcontinental flights.
Southwest's new in-flight WiFi pricing plan is $5, no other catch. It's $5 for your iPhone or your laptop and it's $5 whether you're flying a short way from Houston to Dallas or a long way, such as Providence to Las Vegas. This pricing brings Southwest Airlines' low cost brand personality to another passenger offering, and it's sure to cause quite a stir among other airlines already offering or planning to offer in-flight WiFi (ah hem, attn: Gogo).
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Ten years ago, back when JetBlue launched, In-Flight Entertainment was forever changed. Gone were the days when airline passengers expected screens to drop from the fuselage and play one movie followed by a couple episodes of "Everybody Loves Raymond." Instead, the norm became $99 flights each way between SFO and JFK and on each airplane, leather seats with personal music ports and seat-back TVs showing live satellite television.
Flash forward 10 years and while no airline this side of Virgin America has really been able to come close to JetBlue's LiveTV experience, the IFE gap between Jetblue and the rest of the pack widens, thanks to advances with in-flight wifi. Airlines who've been quick to join the Gogo WiFi party are working to now make internet-connected planes just as accepted and expected by passengers as in-flight TV.
All of this means that, in 2010, the IFE game is changing once again and the race is on to see who can provide the best domestic IFE package. We have packaged up the right now of IFE into a handy guide for you to look at on the web, or take with you.
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It's been a year since Alaska Airlines began testing their in-flight WiFi and we wondered if they would ever just go whole hog and plug in the whole fleet, already. Well, we're happy to say that they've finally decided to do it, but not with Row 44 as they initially planned, but with the most popular provide of in-flight wifi: Gogo.
If you're not familiar with Gogo, you should know that they already have outfitted Virgin America's fleet, AirTran's fleet, and many planes for the likes of American, Delta and United. Although there's no date yet set for the completion of fleet-wide installation for Alaska Airlines, they are already working to install it on the first 737-800.
Hopefully soon we'll all be able to make bad puns from 35,000 feet: "Juneau where I'm flying now?!"
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