In-flight Wi-Fi is like the internet ten years ago: expensive, and loaded line-by-line. But also like the internet 10 years ago, we’re being promised much faster service in the near future (from a monopoly provider).
You know that Louis C.K. joke about wifi on airplanes? He says, “It’s fast, and I’m watching YouTube clips. It’s amazing—I’m on an airplane! And then it breaks down.… And the guy next to me goes, ‘This is bullshit.’” It’s so true.
In-flight WiFi is great (because Snapchat on planes!) but also terrible (because paying $12 for two hours of dial-up era internet), something that AT&T was planning to change by offering its own in-flight WiFi. Sadly, AT&T just announced that it's nuking that idea.
There's nothing quite as magical as surfing the Interwebs from cruising altitude, and now you can add JetBlue to the list of airlines that will let you do it. A few years behind everyone else, mind you. The company's new, punny service "Fly-Fi" will be showing up in planes later this year.
Bit by bit, flying is getting a little more tech friendly. First, the FAA started reconsidering its total ban on electronic device use at takeoff, and now the FCC is making it way easier for airlines to get in-flight Internet. The future looks bright.
Just like last year, Google is paying the Wi-Fi for people flying to meet their relatives—or run away from them—during the holidays. You just need to fly the right airline.
Foiled terrorist plots often end with stricter security procedures at airports, but the most recent bomb scares could lead to the loss of something far more precious than our nail clippers: We could lose our in-flight Wi-Fi.
JetBlue, one of the more forward thinking airlines in the industry, has been conspicuously behind some of its competitors when it comes to offering in-flight Internet access. But JetBlue's delay might allow it to offer better service than the competition.
Asian airline Cathay Pacific plans to offer 50Mbps in-flight broadband, cellphone service—both voice and data—and live television on all of its planes by early 2012.
Now here's a great deal if you're traveling: Until July 10, 2010, you can use the promo code SAVE25 to get 25% off your GoGo Internet in-flight Wi-Fi session. Here's what you need to do. [Updated: One more code!]
John Battelle was on a Wi-Fi-enabled fight with United Airlines last night, and he decided to use videochat to say goodnight to his kids. Unfortunately, a flight attendant told him it was illegal.
Many airlines offer in-flight wi-fi and though you might not choose flights based on download speeds, it helps to know what to expect from each carrier. With your help, we conducted our first Mile-High Wi-Fi Test. Delta Airlines won.
Southwest is one of the last major carriers to finally commit to in-flight Wi-Fi, but at least they're doing it right. According to a recent post on the Southwest blog, the airline is going to begin outfitting its planes with Row 44 Wi-Fi starting this spring, and will have the entire fleet connected by 2012.
We jokingly call it joining the Mile High Club, but the idea is that we're inviting people to test out in-flight Wi-Fi speeds while taking silly pictures of themselves.
Just a reminder that we've started a not-so-secret society here at Gizmodo: The Mile High Club. It's full of people testing out in-flight Wi-Fi speeds while taking silly pictures of themselves and you're invited to join. Here's how.
Holiday travel can be a tiresome experience. If you want to relax with a little Wi-Fi on the plane, MyMoneyBlog.com has compiled a list of the codes you can use to get free internet access during your holiday excursions.
Are planes your last refuge from this horrible, awful internet? Or are they terrifying airborne isolation chambers, which pose a dire threat to your carefully regimented Tweeting schedule? Either way, don't buy a ticket without consulting this chart. [Jaunted]
We've started a not-so-secret society here at Gizmodo: The Mile High Club. It's full of people testing out in-flight Wi-Fi speeds while taking silly pictures of themselves and you're invited to join. Here's how.
They're a little late to the party, but Continental will soon be offering wireless internet on some flights. Starting in Q2 2010, 21 of their Boeing 757-300s will be outfitted with Gogo, the same service used by American, United, Delta, and AirTran. The planes travel mostly domestic routes, and a Wi-Fi connection will…