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.
There was much rejoicing when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced last month that we'd soon be able to use devices likes iPhones and iPads during all segments of flight (as long as they're in Airplane Mode), but today's announcement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) faced a much more lukewarm reception. According to The Wall Street Journal (via MacRumors), airline passengers may soon be able to make voice calls and use cellular data above 10,000 feet. Talk about Pandora's Box.
Now here's something worth getting excited about if your next flight will be on Southwest Airlines: You'll be able to connect small portable electronic devices like the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to Wi-Fi from gate to gate.
And so our long national, er, mild annoyance is over. Following a recommendation by a special committee last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that restrictions on portable electronic devices such as the iPhone and iPad on airplanes in the coming months will be far less imposing than they were in the past.
If you're planning on taking a trip on Hawaiian Airlines after this Sunday, you may have a pleasant surprise in store for you once you get up in the air. As 9to5Mac reports, the airline will switch out many of its existing in-fight entertainment systems with iPad minis beginning September 1, marking the first time an American airline has made the shift.
Fourth-place U.S. carrier T-Mobile might finally have a fighting chance at a comeback now that the FCC has signed off on its proposed merger with MetroPCS, and the timing couldn't be better since the carrier is scheduled to officially offer the iPhone this year. But there was plenty more going on Tuesday, so let's take a quick spin through the day's events, shall we?
While Apple is sure to show its complete iOS 6 hand next Wednesday, it seems airlines may already be on board (pun intended) with the company's new Passbook app, which allows digital boarding passes to be held in one central place.
If there's one tool every pilot has to rely on, it's their flight navigation charts. While these charts have traditionally been paper-based, American Airlines feels they can save $1.2 million by having their pilots try an alternative in the iPad.