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American Airlines kicks off in-flight Wi-Fi

updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed August 20, 2008

AA Starts Gogo In-Air WiFi

American Airlines today started offering Gogo, its Aircell-run service for in-flight Internet access. The feature pipes a cellular Internet connection from the ground to a router onboard each plane, which in turn shares its access to all passengers through Wi-Fi. The service is platform-agnostic and provides access to both notebooks as well as handhelds, including explicit support for iPhones as well as certain BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices equipped with the short-range wireless format.

The service has few restrictions and is primarily centered around courtesy; the carrier bans VoIP calls, non-headphone sound, and on-screen content which is likely offensive to other passengers.

American Airlines' service costs $13 per flight and is currently used on Boeing 767-200 planes running flights in either direction connecting New York to Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. More flights will be added in the future, while rival carriers such as Delta have also announced plans to introduce a similar level of in-flight Wi-Fi this summer.

By Electronista Staff


  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2001


    about time

    I used Lufthansa's wifi service a few years back, it was discontinued about 2 years ago. It cost $30. You can probably justify that for a transatlantic flight but not for a domestic flight, even coast-to-coast. $13 is very fair and I hope they implement this quickly.

    Now if only we could get AC outlets at our seats!!!

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    of course

    they'll be charging you $20 to carry on anything to the plane, $5 to allow you to turn on your computer, and $3.50 for the right to start typing.

  1. slider

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Oct 1999


    More importantly

    Nice legs :)

  1. ianaberle

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2005


    Even more importantly

    Who has that kind of legroom on a flight anymore?

  1. robttwo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2005


    First Class

    Not sure about others, but NWA has AC outlets in first class.

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