updated 12:13 pm EST, Thu December 12, 2013
Southwest Airlines to allow in-flight iMessages for $2
Southwest Airlines is allowing users of Apple's iOS devices to send iMessages while in flight for just $2. A post on the company's blog revealed that the airline will be rolling out in-flight iMessaging for $2 per day for users with a device running iOS 5 or later. The feature was enabled on Southwest flights on Wednesday, and it joins a number of other digital-oriented features the airline has rolled out of recent.
Alongside in-flight iMessage, Southwest fliers can also watch free TV while in flight, courtesy of Dish Network. The airline also enables "gate to gate" Wi-Fi use. Given the recent relaxation of FAA regulations regarding the use of electronics, Southwest fliers can now use their electronic devices uninterrupted from the time they sit at one airport until they stand at their destination.
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The in-flight iMessaging feature is a base connectivity option, and customers paying more than $2 can access a range of other online options. Full in-flight Wi-Fi access for all applications is available for $8 per day per device.
The airline says that in-flight iMessage is the only messaging standard currently supported. It promises, though, that Android messaging will receive equal support in the near future. It encourages Android users to say what their favorite messaging apps are, and that a solution may appear early in 2014.