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(Gizmodo)   United Airlines becomes the first U.S. carrier to offer Wi-Fi on long flights, finally giving passengers something to do for the four hours they sit on the tarmac   (gizmodo.com) divider line 30
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2013-01-18 09:12:53 AM  
For $20??? GFY.
 
2013-01-18 09:36:36 AM  
Boobies
 
2013-01-18 09:38:18 AM  

zedster: Boobies


fail, ƒirst?

I know European carriers have had it and would assume other US carriers have had it as well. This is not new tech and if it is the first that's pretty sad
 
2013-01-18 09:54:55 AM  
South West isn't a US Airline?  Funny, my wife used wi-fi from NJ to CO, and it was only $5.  is that not a long enough flight to count?
 
2013-01-18 10:04:27 AM  
Yeah, the "pay an arm and a leg for shiatty wifi" thing has been going on for years.  WTF is subby talking about.
 
2013-01-18 10:17:56 AM  

Jamdug!: For $20??? GFY.


Considering that

United's first foray into the new Wi-Fi capability is being granted to a trans-Atlantic and -Pacific Boeing 747

and as someone who fairly regularly flies United on such exciting routes as Hong Kong <-> Chicago, $20 to surf porn Fark at 36,000 feet while stuck in economy for 14 hours sounds like an absolutely screaming deal.
 
2013-01-18 10:23:44 AM  
So I didn't get WiFI on my Delta flights last year?
 
2013-01-18 10:32:31 AM  

ManateeGag: South West isn't a US Airline?  Funny, my wife used wi-fi from NJ to CO, and it was only $5.  is that not a long enough flight to count?


United Is The First US Airline To Offer International Wi-Fi In the Sky
 
2013-01-18 10:44:49 AM  
I see we are using the Broadcast TV definition of 'First' today.
 
2013-01-18 10:47:52 AM  

thrasherrr: I see we are using the Broadcast TV definition of 'First' today.


This.
 
2013-01-18 10:49:43 AM  
Air Tran has had WiFi (for $20) for at least a couple years, I've used it.
 
2013-01-18 11:03:29 AM  
I think what everybody including subby is missing is that they're the first to offer wifi on overseas flights. Transcon flights have had wifi for a while, but satellite internet coverage over the Pacific is spotty at best, so it's cool that they can offer it now.
 
2013-01-18 11:51:17 AM  
BEHOLD:

/unless you are so important that you actually need to stay connected during your flight
 
2013-01-18 12:23:45 PM  
I flew on Southwest from Tampa to Buffalo yesterday and paid the $5 fee to have wifi and get some work done. Gmail did *not* like the attempt to access my email from an IP in Las Vegas (where Southwest's system actually connects to the internet, I assume) a few minutes after using it in Tampa and thusly locked out my iPad's email access. So I didn't get any work done.

/as connections go, it was crap
//streaming music worked just fine, but actually browsing the web was painfully slow
 
2013-01-18 12:32:49 PM  
WiFi isn't turned on until you are in the air.  And if you are sitting on the tarmac you still have access to cellular.

/its not like they are going to tell you to turn the damn things off if you are sitting there for four hours
//subby is an idiot
 
2013-01-18 01:21:34 PM  
I had it from Florida to Jamaica, two years ago, slow speeds and a 15 minute novelty is not worth the cash
 
2013-01-18 02:00:26 PM  

gingerjet: WiFi isn't turned on until you are in the air.  And if you are sitting on the tarmac you still have access to cellular.

/its not like they are going to tell you to turn the damn things off if you are sitting there for four hours
//subby is an idiot


Actually I've been biatched at a few times for reading on my iPad while sitting on the tarmac. "The cabin door is closed, sir. No electronic device usage until after 10,000 feet!"

And that was sitting in a place with the engines OFF. As if I'm not smart enough to put it away when I hear the jets turn on, I mean they can be oh so subtle i might miss it.
 
2013-01-18 03:04:52 PM  
Or, alternatively, spend the money on getting drunk at the airport and then chomp some sleeping pills along with your dinner. Who needs wifi when you can just...sleep...
 
2013-01-18 03:30:21 PM  
Flew on AirTran a couple years ago, saw they had in-flight wireless. I hadn't planned on using it, and wasn't about to pay for it. I found out my old-ass smartphone wouldn't be able to use wireless without also enabling the cellular signal, either.
 
2013-01-18 03:41:09 PM  
I was on an American Flight a couple months ago that had WiFi. $10 an hour I think.
 
2013-01-18 05:10:14 PM  
Sounds like I can join the mile high club by myself.
 
2013-01-18 06:03:15 PM  
Frankly, anything to distract you from the fact that you're flying United is a godsend.
 
2013-01-18 07:05:06 PM  
lmgtfy 'gogo inflight internet' for the headline's loss
 
2013-01-18 08:27:22 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: BEHOLD:

/unless you are so important that you actually need to stay connected during your flight


"If you were really important they wouldn't make you fly commercial."

/A friend once said that to some frothing dickhead in front of him in line at the airport.
 
2013-01-18 09:06:11 PM  

Fear the Clam: AliceBToklasLives: BEHOLD:

/unless you are so important that you actually need to stay connected during your flight

"If you were really important they wouldn't make you fly commercial."

/A friend once said that to some frothing dickhead in front of him in line at the airport.


Indeed.

/post meant to include a picture of books - as in shiat to do during a long flight
 
2013-01-19 12:18:54 AM  

ManateeGag: South West isn't a US Airline?  Funny, my wife used wi-fi from NJ to CO, and it was only $5.  is that not a long enough flight to count?


I didn't realize they had rolled it out yet. That's awesome,
 
2013-01-19 06:15:46 AM  
I, for one, can't wait for the MPAA to file a copyright lawsuit against an airline for content piracy. It would be a perfect storm of schadenfreude.
 
2013-01-19 11:37:10 AM  

buzzcut73: I think what everybody including subby is missing is that they're the first to offer wifi on overseas flights. Transcon flights have had wifi for a while, but satellite internet coverage over the Pacific is spotty at best, so it's cool that they can offer it now.


I used it when flying Delta to London in 2011 so I have no idea what the subby is talking about.....
 
2013-01-19 03:56:52 PM  
I was on united last week. They also offer electrical outlets, which was awesome for watching movies on my laptop.
It was not so awesome when this idiot in the middle seat kicked it out and then acted like it was thevend of the world when I asked her to plug it back in.
Sheesh it was laughable how inconvenienced she was......

I know.
/css
 
2013-01-19 07:54:55 PM  

starsrift: I, for one, can't wait for the MPAA to file a copyright lawsuit against an airline for content piracy. It would be a perfect storm of schadenfreude.


I see no reason why it should be any different for airlines than any other business that offers Wi-Fi. Hotels or coffee shops for example.
 
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