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United might not have been the first one to introduce in-flight WiFi, but they are trying to lead the way with faster speeds and better tray table connectivity. Just the other day they flipped the switch on some of this technology, so your next flight just might be that much better.
The newest United technology kind of takes a page from what JetBlue has been doing, as the bits and pieces of up in the air technology rely on ViaSat-1 satellite stuff. That means way faster speeds, and a lot more in-flight streaming of Netflix and Hulu—at least in theory.
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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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If the battery is dead on your iPad or you left it behind—no problem—as Southwest Airlines is getting ready to pass the gadgets around on a few of their upcoming flights. As you probably know, the carrier is busy expanding their WiFi connectivity and streaming content, and they’re eager to show it off to travelers.
Don’t expect the latest and greatest in Apple technology here, as the carrier hasn’t gotten around to ordering up some of those new iPad Air things just yet. As part of the program, Southwest will be passing out iPad2 devices on flights between spots like Chicago-Midway, Denver, and Oakland.
Here at home we’re waiting to see if we will finally be able to utilize electronic doodads during all aspects of the flight, as we’re just too connected to flip things off even if for just a few minutes. Obviously we’re not the only ones that love our mobile devices, and now it looks like another country is thinking about allowing the opportunity to listen to music, watch a movie, or actually get work done during take-off and landing.
Down in Australia their air safety group, CASA, is keeping an eye on what’s going on in the United States. They’re pretty curious about the safety of using gadgets during all aspects of the flight, and it sounds like they’re thinking about allowing passengers to keep things switched to on. Specifically this would affect domestic flights down under like those taking to the skies aboard Qantas or Virgin Australia.
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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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The internet is anxiously awaiting the next generation of the iPhone to arrive, but in the interim there’s another mobile phone announcement worth talking about. Delta is going all in with the Windows Phone platform, at least when it comes to what they’re doing up in the air.
The carrier must have ordered a whole bunch of these suckers, as a slew of flight attendants are now toting these onboard like each and every Delta flight. The handheld devices will be used to take orders, process payments, and do all kinds of other up in the air things—all without the use of paper and with plenty of technology.
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.
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They might be a little late to the party—like years late—but it appears that US Airways is finally ready to start doing the mobile app thing. Just this week they released their very first piece of travel technology, and so far it is available in just one flavor—Android.
Expect a lot of the same from the US Airways app that you get from the competition, as you’ll be able to manage all the bits and pieces of your travel itinerary. Check-in for flights, book airfare, locate airline clubs, and of course load up that mobile boarding pass. Speaking of which, they’ve got some kind of spot right within the app where you can store and collect all your boarding passes in one convenient location.
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When it comes to staying in touch with what your airline and airplane is doing there’s nothing better than an official airline app. All the airlines pretty much have them—except US Airways—and now United is adding a few new features to their offerings.
The latest version of the mobile app is still a version one release; so don’t really expect anything too radical or ridiculous. However, it now provides a few new options that will keep you moving when you’re on the go.
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Over at Airbus headquarters they’re usually hard at work designing things like airplanes—and um—more airplanes. Well we guess that’s not necessarily the only thing they have time for, as the aircraft manufacturer is also working on some other innovative travel ideas. Specifically, they're pondering ways to improve the checked baggage experience, and they've just revealed the first hint of some kind of smart bag.
The new suitcase comes complete with its very own iPhone app, and there’s a way to track your bag no matter where it decides to go. That includes when your bag goes on a little bit of a side trip away from your intended location. The new idea—for now known as "Bag2Go"—was cooked up with a couple of other organizations including T-Mobile and Rimowa—the latter a famous German luggage producer.
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Riding the US rails just got a little bit better, as Amtrak is reaching into their pockets to pay for a little bit of a technology upgrade.
Travelers must be enjoying the WiFi and other in-train offerings, so the decision has been made to boost the connection options and speeds in hopes of attracting even more in-train WiFi fans.
Amtrak leans on cellular carriers to grab their WiFi signal, so we’re sure there will still be some dead spots or other areas where things aren’t ideal. Still, we can’t really complain given the price—WiFi is free aboard Amtrak.
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One of the world’s best airlines (when comes to ancillary revenue) is getting ready to add another option for you to tack onto your flight total. Fair warning that this is still very much speculation, but Ryanair just might be flipping the switch on in-flight WiFi sooner rather than later.
There’s no decision yet, and they’re still working behind the scenes to determine what company would even provide the in-flight magic. It does sound like LiveTV is just one of the groups in the running for the contract. Apparently, Ryanair isn't exactly sold on the idea as they don’t know if the installation costs will be totally worth it in the long run.