Broadband Satellite Wi-Fi Access Being Tested on Southwest Airlines

Broadband Satellite Wi-Fi Access Being Tested on Southwest Airlines

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When you’ve got a short commuter flight between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, there really is no point in breaking out the laptop to get some work done, but if you happen to be flying across the country, you’ve definitely got a few hours to burn. Some of us try to keep sane through iPod-fueled music or a good book, but being the techies that we are, we want to stay connected with the rest of the (virtual) world while we are a few thousand feet up in the air.

Southwest Airlines wants to satiate our need for in-flight connectivity, because the carrier will soon be testing in-flight broadband Wi-Fi access, effectively granting you access to email, YouTube, and — yes — even Mobile Magazine. Happen to be in the air during CES or MacWorld? You just may still be covered. This is all according to an official press release.

More likely than not, they’ll place some rather hefty firewalls and barriers in your way, meaning that there will be no in-flight porn or even Skype conversations. There may or may not be fees involved for using their WiFi too. Look for tests to start on four planes this summer.

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