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It wasn't that long ago that having Wi-Fi on an airplane felt impossibly futuristic, but as the program settles into maturity, airlines have begun expanding their offerings to cater to specific passengers' needs. One of the most intriguing examples comes from Southwest Airlines, reports MacRumors, which is now offering iOS users the chance to spend $2.00 to send iMessages throughout the flight if they don't want to spend the eight bucks needed for the full-access Wi-Fi services.
In the words of Southwest, "Any Apple user that has iOS 5 or later with the iMessage feature pre-loaded on their device can take advantage of this option. Now you can stay powered up and connected to friends and family like you never left the ground."
The idea is to grant access to users who're only interested in chatting with friends or business colleagues during the flight rather than surfing the web. As such, it seems like an unspoken way of getting around the growing demand for phone calls in flight in the wake of the loosened FAA regulations without letting certain passengers ruin the flight for everyone else by yakking the entire time.
Keep in mind that you can't find Wi-Fi on every Southwest flight, but the airline does offer a Wi-Fi finder on its website so you can see if you can take advantage of the offer the next time you travel the popular airline. And remember--just spend the full eight bucks, and you'll get access to iMessages and the Internet as a whole.
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