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Poll: Will Delta's Wi-Fi service make you more likely to fly with them

Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday that it will begin offering Wi-Fi connectivity on all domestic U.S. flights by the middle of 2009. Delta will charge a flat fee of $9.95 for flights of three hours or less and $12.95 on flights over three hours. Will Delta's Wi-Fi service make you more likely to fly with them?

Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday that it will begin offering Wi-Fi connectivity on all domestic U.S. flights by the middle of 2009. Delta will charge a flat fee of $9.95 for flights of three hours or less and $12.95 on flights over three hours. Delta is working with Aircell to place the network on the carrier's domestic fleet of over 330 aircraft. The airline does not currently plan to offer their Wi-Fi service on international flights.

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Continental Airlines, American Airlines, and JetBlue Airways Corp. offer or plan to offer Wi-Fi on some domestic U.S. flights, but Delta is the only carrier with plans to cover its entire domestic fleet.

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27 comments
boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I'll sleep, or read, while flying. And with Southwest going everywhere I want/need to go with no baggage fees and great prices, Delta can stay off my list.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

I mean honestly... Anyway, I really have no need for wifi on a plane and it's a good excuse to be out of contact with the office...It's nice to get some down time and be able to catch up on your reading...

nuklearkrisis
nuklearkrisis

What kind of Cisco Wireless router do you think they might install on the plane? assuming it is Cisco. If you can use a cell phone on a private plane, then I imagine this setup wouldnt be too complex, the routers (BIG and POWERFUL) antenna hits a tower I imagine. I wonder if they will actually mount the antenna on the planes fuselage. Or does anyone know if getting internet at 30,000 ft in the air going 300 to 500 mph raises complications? Or would it have to be a special set up?

hypno444
hypno444

The only thing that would cause me to fly again is if TSA would discontinue their insane restrictions.

dixorobe
dixorobe

Absolutely! I hate flying! I mean, I REALLY hate flying. Being able to connect and either work or surf will give me something else to focus on.

tracynavarro
tracynavarro

I work for LiveTV and as part of JetBlue's BetaBlue program I have to admit it was nice being able to contact my "guys" to give them important info (you're sleeping here tonight, here's your confirmation) or just chat with them when they got bored. But of course on our program these guys were on the plane from 6am-ish to midnight and later. But I really got used to that contact and missed it for people not flying on BetaBlue. That being said, I don't know if I'd PAY for it.

david
david

What would be more desirable would be 12v power to most seats in the plane!

terryoneill53
terryoneill53

Maybe if they throw in a beer and a sandwich

dfweigel
dfweigel

Delta is so screwed up that I try not to fly anywhere with them. Besides if you are using Wi-Fi your are broadcasting so it is to be hoped that material is encrypted

gjwbiker
gjwbiker

Just what we need - people taking more space with their laptops. I wonder if they'll be using VOIP for phone calls.

mike_flood
mike_flood

Only if they promise that the flight attendents won't walk up and down the aisles saying "Turn that off" like they do with cell phones and GPS RECIEVERS.

fergonzalez
fergonzalez

c'mon! it's the 21st century, the internet era, I think it was about time... and I think it should be on every plane of every carrier and free! but we'll see...

welrifai
welrifai

Of course it will... I just won't let my clients know that they can reach me via email! **Now you can read techrepublic.com even on the plane :-).

FhMsu
FhMsu

I said no. I don't fly that much, and when I do I kinda like getting away from everything and just trying to relax. There's also not much room or privacy on planes. I'm not a road warrior and the in-flight WiFi doesn't appeal to me.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Because the airline can't charge you for the BB service...

Slayer_
Slayer_

They aren't have satelite TV on the planes, internet would just be an extension of that. It would be god aweful slow though

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I second your request for a power outlet. It would give me much more time on those 3-hour plus flights.

bboyd
bboyd

Yeah for secure connections. I'm iffy on most wireless connections that can't be secured by multiple means. I might use it for entertainment. Are you ready to have your CEO's email breached at 40,000' up? Ignore my paranoia.

jsaubert
jsaubert

I almost never unpack my laptop on flights, unless it's a fairly long one. When it does come out it's normally only when I'm flying with a group (and we're all in the same row) and we need to work on something. I wouldn't pay for Wi-Fi unless it was an emergency and I really wouldn't trust the connection. I really don't have much use for my laptop to be in use on a plane. I've got all my music and my most watched video on my Zune and all my latest reads and documents on my digital book reader. Even if Delta offered it for free I still would have a hard time flying with them. I'll stick with the cheap airlines, thanks. Lots of airports (or at least some shops or restaurant in airports) offer free or cheap internet connections. Please check you email and stocks before boarding, the plane is cramped enough.

The Management consultant
The Management consultant

Frying Tonight ? I can just see it now..an American Domestic flight in the morning no one talking to each other with their heads in the ultra portable.The small cabin filled with real or perceived micro waves frying the customers brains giving them cancer.The public and staff in the airlines once having twigged would go on strike and passengers would insist on taking other airlines.The press would sensationalise this like they did smoking or non smoking flights.Airlines stocks could be heading for a bumpy ride as people try to sue for cancer related effects. Scarey?

JimInPA
JimInPA

I am still gonna look for the cheapest flight. You want me to forget about price (to an extent) set something up where you can have a background check or something of the like where I don't have to stand in security for hours at a time. Stop losing my bag every time I fly (happened the last 3 times in a row) and give me a little more leg room. If the trip is 16 hours or less... I always gonna drive.

RipVan
RipVan

Just a joke, but don't forget how the airlines are! I am sick to death of these jokers stealing money for everything they can think of. And I am consistent, too. I don't take any of their freebies. Or should I say, "rapidly disappearing" freebies.

ben
ben

Y'all seem to be under some dillusion that there is such a thing as secure internet. Say huh? If you use only secure/private servers via VPN or something like that, there is no difference between "wireless" and "wired" internet access. If you don't use the interenet to get to your email and such, then why do you have a laptop? The web is hopelessly open and insecure (where as my IT guys are not inherently open but just as insecure :-).

carl.kohler
carl.kohler

I agree, corporate espionage at 40,000 feet. That will give those network guys a chance to use their wireless port sniffers and capture some interesting data.

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