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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.
tjgkg
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10/17/2015 | 8:13:05 AM
Re: It's about freaking time
I got hit with the checked luggage fee last month on JetBlue which really annoyed me! And from time to time their inflight and/or wifi systems do not work. Fortunately i was on short flights so it did not matter as i could just listen to music or watch videos on my iPhone. While JB's service is far superior to most other domestic airlines, they have to get their electronics together. For international flights i like British Airways. Especially with all my frequent flyer miles!!!
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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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 | 8:04:25 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.
jagibbons
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10/17/2015 | 9:38:06 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Unsure about the bandwidth, but from a common courtesy standpoint, using WebEx or Facetime could be pretty rude to your fellow passengers.
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10/21/2015 | 10:36:50 PM
Re: Pretty cool
Webex and Facetime type apps should be like cellphone usage on planes --- technically possible but forbidden. Too much already exists to agitate people before, during and after flights. What else can people do with this free wi-fi to drive others insane? How about in-flight dating services?
jagibbons
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10/21/2015 | 10:52:59 PM
Re: Pretty cool
I'm very thankful for my noise-canceling headphones. In-flight dating sound a little creepy. Let's hope that never comes about.
Broadway0474
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10/23/2015 | 11:59:05 AM
Re: Pretty cool
To be honest, I bet you in-flight dating is already happening. Certain dating apps only connect you with people within close proximity. Any flight attendants in the house? There must be some crazy stories of complete strangers on a long flight breaking cabin rules.
kstaron
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10/27/2015 | 1:42:24 PM
Re: Pretty cool
I like the idea of free wifi on planes, but of course there's the fact I may not have control over what the person next to/ in front of me is doing with that wifi. Will I hear snippets of someone's skype conversation? Or worse snippets of somebody's 'adult' movie? Haven't flown where there's readily available wifi recently. Do the airlines rely on people to behave or do they have some basic, 'you're in public people' kind of rules?
Broadway0474
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10/27/2015 | 10:48:44 PM
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kstaron, I don't know how the airlines can regulate anything beyond noise level of what people do on wi-fi. I have  been on the train with people creating personal hotspots and caught and heard glimpses of things that had no business being in public. It really comes down to people knowing how to behave in public, and there will always be people who simply don't know how to.
tjgkg
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11/4/2015 | 7:45:43 AM
Re: Pretty cool
That is so true. There was a recent incident where Governor Christie was screaming into his cell phone in an Amtrak Quiet Car! Even in a non quiet car that is rude. But unfortunately it happens everywhere, even when you pay extra for the quiet.
tjgkg
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11/4/2015 | 7:43:52 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Well I did not say i was using those services on a plane. However you do need the bandwidth in hotels to use those services there.
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.
jagibbons
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10/17/2015 | 9:39:20 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Agreed. On a long flight, silence is golden.
tjgkg
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11/4/2015 | 7:47:40 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Now if there was only a way to enforce the silence! I've been on red eyes from the west coast to the east coast and it was like a party. Sometimes you can't win. I think the only truly quiet places on a commercial flight are in first class on a large plane and upstairs on a 747.
jagibbons
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11/4/2015 | 8:34:27 AM
Re: Pretty cool
I'd recommend some good earplugs or a nice set of Bose noise-cancellation headphones. Well worth the cost.
tjgkg
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11/4/2015 | 10:25:47 AM
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I actually have the Bose QC25's which are excellent. But they drown out jet noise, not obnoxious and smelly passengers... Maybe Bose makes special nose plugs as well?
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10/17/2015 | 8:09:06 AM
Re: Pretty cool
Jet Blue is a very good airline. From my experiences with them, their service is superior to many of the larger airlines. Their wifi is free-but you never know if it is going to be available or not. Same with their inflight entertainment. I've been on flights where both did not work. While i got credits from JB, it was somewhat inconvenient.


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