Friday, November 22, 2013

Southwest Airlines Now Offering Gate to Gate Wifi

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As someone who flies a lot (sometimes A LOT) and also as someone who loves tech and loves to stay in touch via that tech, I love to avail myself of ways to be as efficient as possible while on the road.
 
So, needless to say, I was thrilled to read an article that discussed the fact that the good folks at Southwest Airlines are now offering gate to gate wifi.
 
In October of 2013, the FAA made a ruling that lightened restrictions for what are considered "personal electronic devices".  If you've flown at all in the last 10 years you know that those devices are not allowed to be used after pushback and under 10,000 feet.  Needless to say that is a decent chunk of time that could be used productively if we were so allowed.  So far Southwest is the first airline to allow this.
 
Part of the reason for this is that Southwest happens to use an ISP called Row 44 which is streamed from satellites and works below 10,000 feet which is different from what most other airlines use.
 
So now, customers can use the onboard wifi the entire trip.  I've gotta say, I'm happy about that!
 

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