Flying WiFi

Imagine how much better the flying experience would be if all flights had high-speed WiFi. Alaska Air is now experimenting with it on one route.

Once Alaska masters the flying WiFi, perhaps they could do another technological miracle: make some damn power outlets available at gates.

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3 Responses to “Flying WiFi”

  1. N in Seattle Says:

    FWIW, while waiting at an Alaska gate last Sunday at SNA, I observed that there were lots and lots of three-prong receptacles between the back-to-back rows of plastic seats. There was even a sign indicating that those plugs were available. Very convenient.

    Unfortunately, the airport’s Wi-Fi (an .11b system, for some reason) didn’t want to connect with my laptop. So I can’t say whether it was free or pay. I bet it’s the latter … not everyone can be McCarran in Las Vegas.

  2. BD Says:

    Love it. Also, outlets on all of their aisles for those of us with batteries that don’t last that long!
    I believe that Sea-Tac’s wi-fi is pay, it required a password. St. Louis’ Lambert Field’s was, too

  3. Dave Says:

    The San Francisco airport has some “power stations” in the hallway close to the gates in terminal 1. The Las Vegas airport has the same thing–and free WiFi.

    Many airlines removed power from the seats on the plane, along with a lot of other amenities. The main difference being that they offer other formerly complimentary amenities for a price, but power isn’t available at any price.

    And I’d be willing to pay for unrestricted Internet access on the plane, even on a per-second or per-kb basis. Imprisoned in a seat for hours at a time is a great opportunity to get a LOT of work done, but it gets limited without Internet access these days.

    Maybe the “evil” high-speed rail projects will enable folks to have power and Internet access while in transit. I know that’s a fantasy–but so is stimulus funding for that non-existent Disney-to-Nevada-Brothel rail project.

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