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Up in the Air with In-Flight Wi-Fi

Up in the Air with In-Flight Wi-Fi

We have an almost preternatural urge to remain constantly connected to our electronic gadgets, even while cruising in a “tin tube” six or more miles above the surface of Planet Earth.

Four years ago I wrote two stories about in-flight Wi-Fi: One about the topic in general, and another that reviewed Wi-Fi service available on Southwest Airline flights.

A trip to Phoenix last month gave me an opportunity to use the Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems on Southwest during the Portland-to-Phoenix leg of my trip, and that on an Alaska Airlines flight back to Portland a week later.

Here’s what I learned.

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In-Flight WiFi? Why Not?

In-Flight WiFi? Why Not?

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(Gogo Photo)

If you’re like me, you are used to accessing the Internet through a Wi-Fi “hot spot” at home, in coffee shops, stores, hotels, and other public places.

So installing Wi-Fi capability on commercial airliners—at least aboard ones that fly only over land and not the broad oceans—ought to be a piece of cake.

But apparently that isn’t so.

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