Southwest Airlines (LUV), announced on Wednesday, that it will be rolling out gate-to-gate Wi-Fi.
This announcement means that passengers will be allowed to access Wi-Fi throughout the flight. The only limitations is that mobile devices must be set to airplane during the flight and that larger electronics, such as a laptop, can’t be brought out during taxi, take off and landing. Passengers will also have to pay an $8 fee for each device that will use the in-flight Wi-Fi, reports Skift.
The in-flight Wi-Fi will be provided by Row44, which provides the service via satellite for the whole flight. This is different from Gogo (GOGO), which only allows Wi-Fi to be accessed after the plane has reached 10,000 feet. AMR’s (AAMRQ) American Airlines, Delta Air Lines (DAL) and United Continental Holdings’ (UAL) United Air Lines all use Gogo for their in-flight Wi-Fi, Skift notes.
CNET’s Danny Sullivan tested Southwest’s gate-to-gate Wi-Fi on Thursday. He said that he had trouble accessing the service at first, but that he finally got a solid connection and kept it for the duration of the trip.