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Flaw in online boarding passes enable anyone to view others

12/16, 9:13pm

Insecure URLs from Delta revealed boarding passes from other airlines, other passengers

Dani Grant, the founder of the security research group Hackers of NY, has reported a serious flaw in the way that Delta and potentially other airlines handle online boarding passes, often displayed on smartphone screens to gain entry to flights. Grand discovered that if she shared the URL to her Delta online boarding pass, anybody could download and potentially redeem it. Even more disturbingly, when she changed with the last digit of the seemingly random numbers in the URL, she could view someone else's online boarding pass, which might even be on an entirely different airline.

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Briefly: Delta Airlines' iOS in-flight entertainment, Chameleon 8.5

08/01, 2:51pm

Delta Airlines updates iPhone and iPad apps, now offering access to free in-flight entertainment

Delta Airlines today released an update for both of its Fly Delta iOS app, now allowing access to free in-flight entertainment content. Available through its new Delta Studio initiative, the service will be available on all domestic and two-cabin aircrafts, and feature a variety of TV shows and movies through the on-board Wi-Fi. The updated Fly Delta app also includes access to past and current issues of Delta's Sky Magazine, as well as a "Glass Bottom Jet" feature which provides flight tracking information. Users of the Gogo Video Player app are permitted to stream and access content through in-flight entertainment services. The apps for iPhone and iPad are both free to download through iTunes.

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Chomp co-founder leaves Apple, Delta marketing VP joins

03/25, 4:20pm

Apple loses quality director for Maps

One of the co-founders of Chomp, Cathy Edwards, is leaving Apple on April 11th, reports say. Edwards joined Apple in 2012 after it bought Chomp, which specialized in app search technology. She became Apple's head of Search and Measurement, working on the search systems used in Maps, iTunes, and the App Store. After Chomp was completely shut down, she became the director of Evaluation and Quality for Apple's Maps division.

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Briefly: JetBlue, Delta adopt FAA changes, Instagram sponsored images

11/03, 7:54pm

JetBlue, Delta allow passengers to use devices at takeoff

Airlines JetBlue and Delta have announced that they will be allowing passengers to use electronic devices between the departure and arrivals gates, including at takeoff, according to Bloomberg. Shortly after the FAA changed the rules governing the use of such devices in a plane, JetBlue corporate communications manager Morgan Johnson posted an image of passengers armed with smartphones to Facebook, claiming its first flight under the new policy has flown successfully.

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Delta goes with Surface 2 over iPads for pilots

09/28, 8:45pm

Airline surprisingly drops iPad for flight crews, goes with Surface 2

Delta Air Lines surprised industry observers on Friday by going with Microsoft's newly announced Surface 2 tablet for its pilots instead of Apple's iPad. The airline already allows pilots to bring their own iPads with them on flights, and observers expected them to go with Apple's tablet for digital flight materials. Instead, they will receive Microsoft's newest Windows RT-powered tablet devices, according to Windows IT Pro.

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Delta buys over 19,000 Nokia Lumias for in-flight point of sale system

08/22, 8:38pm

Lumia 820 used by cabin crew to provide near real-time card processing

Microsoft has revealed that Delta Airlines has made a large purchase of Nokia devices, for use by flight attendants. Over 19,000 Nokia Lumia 820s were bought by the airline, which will end up being employed by cabin crew as onboard point-of-sale devices, complete with an attached card reader for near real-time credit card processing.

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Delta to deploy 4,500 iPads at US airport restaurants

08/29, 6:47pm

Arrangement allows ordering, limited travel, entertainment functions

Delta Air Lines is deploying 250 iPads at restaurants in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to an announcement. Travelers can find the hardware at Concourse G's MinniBar, Mimosa, and Shoyu. The rollout follows one at New York's LaGuardia Airport, and is part of a plan that will eventually see Delta using over 4,500 iPads at three airport hubs within the next year.

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Delta Airlines to include Wi-Fi on international flights

06/29, 2:31pm

Gogo Wi-Fi to use Ku-band capacity satellites

Delta Airlines has expanded its onboard Wi-Fi offerings to include international flights. The Gogo-powered Inflight Internet Service will be added to more than 150 aircraft in Delta's international fleet, including the Airbus 330 and the Boeing 777, 767, 757 and 747.

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Delta extends Wi-Fi service to regional jets

09/07, 9:15pm

More than 250 RJs to be outfitted early in 2012

Delta has announced that it is expanding its in-flight Wi-Fi service to include a number of additional regional aircraft. The program is set to include Bombardier CRJ700 jets operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines. The company claims to be the first carrier to offer Wi-Fi services across its entire mainline and two-class regional fleet, which include a total of more than 800 aircraft.

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Delta starts testing iPads with pilots

08/16, 4:55pm

Delta begins tablet tests for use by pilots

Delta Air Lines is now using 22 iPads as part of a test to communicate with its pilots. The tablets are used as electronic flight bags (EFBs) during trips, with all loaded with an identical software suite that can be further customized with other apps. Pilots also have access to their Delta e-mail account and calendar.

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Gogo unveils its in-air multimedia platform

07/14, 4:05pm

Gogo to launch in-air platform this fall

Gogo this week announced it will offer an in-flight multimedia platform rather than just offering in-flight Wi-Fi, as it has to date. Users will, through their own Wi-Fi-enabled devices, have the ability to access real-time travel information, destination content, news and information and exclusive shopping deals. All this will come from a web browser, and passengers will also have access to streaming videos, though how this will be delivered isn't known.

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Delta joins airlines investigating iPad for cockpit use

03/07, 12:00pm

First major carrier to join

While Delta Air Lines is "still vastly paper driven" when it comes to navigational charts, the company is seeking approval to test the iPad and other tablets beginning next quarter, according to spokeswoman Gina Laughlin. The Federal Aviation Administration only recently approved the use of the iPad instead of paper charts or electronic flight bags (EFBs). Although EFBs may offer some of the advantages of tablets, they can weigh as much as 18 pounds versus the iPad 1's 1.5 or the iPad 2's 1.3.

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Airlines give out free in-flight Facebook for a month

02/01, 3:55pm

Gogo, seven airlines give free in-flight Facebook

Seven major airlines have teamed up with Gogo Inflight Internet to provide free access to Facebook during flights. Accessing other pages on the web, however, requires payment, ranging between $5 for short flights or $13 for long ones. Facebook is the most popular place visited on the Gogo network and is being used as a promo to drive adoption of in-air Internet use.

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Google to give away free in-flight Wi-Fi during holidays

11/08, 10:40am

Google gives free Wi-Fi on AirTrain, Delta, Virgin

Google today restarted its free holiday Wi-Fi program with an approach that focuses on the flights. The new plan will give free Internet access on any AirTran, Delta or Virgin America domestic flight from November 20 through to January 2. The effort is promoted by the Chrome browser team in an attempt to drive use of the browser.

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JetBlue to get in-air Wi-Fi before the end of 2012

09/22, 4:40pm

JetBlue vows to bring Wi-Fi to planes in 2012

JetBlue has become the latest airline company to announce it will bring Wi-Fi to its fleet. The company, which flies across the US, will partner with ViaSat to install hardware that will enable broadband Internet and TV service on its 160 aircraft by the end of 2012. Before this happens, however, the FAA needs to test and approve all the gear.

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Gogo offers $35 unlimited, multi-airline Wi-Fi plan

04/07, 2:50pm

Gogo gives frequent travelers Wi-Fi subscription

Gogo provided a first for in-flight Internet today by adding a monthly subscription plan to its lineup. Instead of paying per flight or for a 30-day pass, the $35 per month offer gives permanent, auto-renewing Internet access. It should work on all flights covered by Gogo and is potentially much less expensive for those who travel multiple times per month.

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Amtrak luring riders with free Wi-Fi access

01/14, 1:30pm

Amtrak to launch free Wi-Fi in some trains

Commuter train operator Amtrak on Thursday said it will begin offering free Wi-Fi service, at least initially, on its Acela trains that carry passengers between Boston, New York and Washington. The move is the latest in the company's bid to entice business travelers to take the train rather than fly. The service will launch in March.

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Continental finalizes in-flight Wi-Fi details

12/16, 6:45pm

Delayed Continental Wi-Fi due spring

Continental Airlines today set out more concrete plans for its in-flight Wi-Fi service. Pushed back from its original January 2009 target, the service is now due to launch in spring aboard 21 Boeing 757 airliners. Most of these will be present on domestic flights, the transport service says.

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United Airlines launches in-flight Wi-Fi

10/08, 6:00pm

United Wi-Fi starts with 13 planes

United Airlines this week began deploying Wi-Fi on some of its flights. The rollout will at first cover longer flights between California and New York and should have 13 Boeing 757 planes in United's fleet offering Internet access by mid-November. Much as with similar approaches from Virgin and other airlines, the new approach is based on Aircell's Gogo technology and shares a 3G cellular connection (typically EVDO Revision A) with the entire cabin over a Wi-Fi hotspot in the plane itself.

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Southwest Airlines to expand in-flight Wi-Fi

08/21, 4:40pm

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines announced recently that it has concluded testing Wi-Fi Internet access on four of its airplanes and has plans to expand the in-flight service to its entire fleet as early as next year. Passengers involved in the testing have returned positive feedback, and Southwest itself is pleased with the technical performance of the in-flight service and the customer response, according to a Friday report.

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AirTran Airways puts Wi-Fi access on planes

05/15, 7:25am

Wi-Fi access on planes

AirTran Airways in collaboration with Gogo has announced it will be the first airline to provide Wi-Fi access on all its airplanes. By registering with Gogo, users can purchase a session of internet time that enables them to use most non-voice Internet features on a given trip. Prices for the in-flight internet sessions are based on what type of device the user brings with them, and for how long they will be on the flight.

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Delta to filter in-air Wi-Fi

10/03, 12:25pm

Delta to Filter Wi-Fi

Delta will filter the content on its in-flight Wi-Fi service, the airline said today. Although the company has previously been concerned about the ramifications of active censorship on its GoGo-based service and has intended to rely on attendants alone to screen out adult sites and other material that might make some passengers uncomfortable, it now says it will implement a content filter that automatically blocks certain sites before they reach cellphones, notebooks and other devices capable of a Wi-Fi link.

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Delta announces Gogo Wi-Fi on all domestic flights

08/05, 4:05pm

Delta offers Gogo Wi-Fi

Delta Air Lines announced on Tuesday it will offer broadband Wi-Fi access on all domestic flights in 2009, equipping over 330 airplanes with the ability to access the Aircell-created Gogo network. The service will allow data transfer speeds of more than 12Mbps, and will be offered in both first and economy classes. It will give Delta the distinction of being the first and only US airline to offer in-flight Wi-Fi on all domestic flights.

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