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JetBlue Launching Free In-Flight WiFi In 2016
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progman2000
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10/15/2015 | 4:43:47 PM
It's about freaking time
I hope the other carriers follow suit. Wifi should be available and you should not have to turn off your damn electronic devices. Come on already airlines!!!
vnewman2
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10/15/2015 | 8:22:33 PM
Re: It's about freaking time
This is one of the reasons I've always liked JetBlue - it's the little that matter.  And although JetBlue has done some "typical airline" type of things like charging for checked bags - I understand their hand has been forced in order to stay competitive.  But wifi is turning into a necessity; not a luxury - and I'm glad somebody finally "gets it."  I just wish they flew to more cities.  Ditto to Virgin America.
Gary_EL
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10/16/2015 | 2:42:22 AM
Re: It's about freaking time
I just hope they keep the free TV for those of us who just want to veg out ☺
Whoopty
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10/16/2015 | 7:45:55 AM
Pretty cool
It's pretty cool to see tech like this becoming more common place. I hope (and would imagine they are) taking appropriate security into account, like keeping this network well away from the one used for all important flight systems and communication with ground control. 

That said, I'm interested to see what sort of entertainment this type of connectivity would bring. There must be some new types of games that could be played in-flight because of it.
jagibbons
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10/16/2015 | 12:53:13 PM
Re: Pretty cool
There's a definite need for strong security and segmentation.

I haven't flown JetBlue, but it sounds like truly free WiFi, unlike some carriers that only give you free WiFi for a very limited set of their own content.
vnewman2
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10/16/2015 | 1:54:09 PM
Re: Pretty cool
If nothing else, one thing I would like to see come out of this is that Go Go wifi will have to lower their prices.  Since its inception, the prices have become completely unreasonable to the point where I refused to log on based on principle alone.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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10/16/2015 | 2:01:12 PM
Re: Pretty cool
I second that sentiment. Usually, I prefer to veg a little during flights. The high cost or unavailability of WiFi gives me an excuse to unplug from work. However, sometimes there are things that have to get done and the ability, whether or not I use it, would be appreciated.
PedroGonzales
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10/16/2015 | 11:00:22 PM
Re: Pretty cool
I can imagine that a lot of people will be very happy with having Wi-Fi on their flight.  I do know whether wifi connectivity will be an important factor that will impact customer choice from one airline to another. I know for business travelers it will be a great feature.  I use delta and I do not mind not having Wi-Fi on a flight.  Would IT professionals choose an airline and be willing to pay extra for Wi-Fi?
tjgkg
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10/17/2015 | 8:00:16 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Sort of reminds me of the Air Phone from the late 90's. The airlines had these phones embedded into the back of a headrest so that people can use them to make calls. The prices were so insanely expensive that the AirPhone's soon disappeared. I think the wifi options will remain because our culture has completely changed from the "old days" but i think the prices will eventually come down.

The one thing i do NOT want to see is allowing cell phone calls on flights. That would be a catasrophe.
tjgkg
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10/17/2015 | 8:04:25 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Some airlines (JetBlue I believe for one) already have free wifi. Others do not. While having wifi is a good feature on the surface, the question is how would the performance be if a lot of folks are using it at the same time? I ask this because i have run into problems at hotels with wifi and the performance is spotty at best-especially in Europe. Even worse if you are doing a Webex or Facetime.
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