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“Flight Testing” Southwest’s In-Flight WiFi

“Flight Testing” Southwest’s In-Flight WiFi

(GoGo Photo)
(GoGo Photo)

Last week in “In-Flight WiFi? Why Not?” I noted that a few years ago durng a Phoenix to Oakland flight, I was able to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi for free when Southwest was testing the system aboard select aircraft.

On recent round-trip flights between San Francisco and San Diego I had an opportunity to see how Southwest’s current paid WiFi service works, and whether it’s worth the cost of using it.

Southwest’s WiFi system is now powered by Row44, while that aboard planes operated by its wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran, uses the GoGo WiFi product, as do seven other U.S. airlines, plus Air Canada. WiFi on Southwest planes works with any WiFi-enabled device that has a Web browser. I tried it with my iPad on the way to San Diego and my iPhone 5 on the way back.

Here’s my assessment.

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