Delta Offering Free In-Flight WiFi During Holiday Travel Season

Let’s face it — traveling during the holidays kinda sucks. We know this because they have made movies about it. So in an attempt to convince fliers it’s not the suckiest airline — even if they do publicly lie about their baggage policies — Delta is offering free in-flight WiFi for folks who have to fly hundreds or thousands of miles to deal with passive-aggressive in-laws.

From Nov. 20 through Jan. 2, passengers on the around 540 Delta planes equipped with Gogo Inflight Internet service will be actually be able to get something on a flight for free.

According to CNN, Air Tran and Virgin America are also offering free in-flight WiFi during the holiday travel season.

We wonder how well-equipped these planes are to handle 200 people all trying to stream Netflix at 30,000 feet.

Delta Air Lines teams up with Google to offer free WiFi [SeattlePI.com]

Holiday giving: Airlines offering free Wi-Fi [CNN]

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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    But I thought all those signals from Wi-Fi and computers and ithingies and whatnot interfered with planes and would kill us all.

    • fsnuffer says:

      At thirty thousand feet you have lots of time and options. When some stray signal puts you 500 feet below the glide path on a zero visbility approach to LaGuardia it is a whole different story

      • Alvis says:

        Seems easier than what the terrorists in Die Hard 2 went through.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        I already read a report that declares no forseeable danger to random signals, and not one single incident has occured that can be attributed to a electronics disruption by passengers.

        The only reason they keep the policy is to control passenger – no electronics when landing/departing means you can focus on flight crew instructions.

  2. NeverLetMeDown says:

    Crud. I love the Delta wifi, and use it frequently, and am very willing to pay for it. Now it’s going to be overloaded, just like the wifi at hotels that give it away.

  3. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    This would be a good time to update and repost the list of airports with free wifi, but anyone using Chrome should be aware that Google is rolling out free wifi for the holidays again – http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-holidays-from-google-chrome-free.html

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      D’oh. I didn’t catch that the headline on the Seattle PI article mentioned Google. In any case, it’s not just Delta. It’s also AirTran and Virgin America.

  4. bendee says:

    FYI, AirTran and Virgin America are included in this deal as well:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40071530/ns/travel-travel_tips/

  5. The cake is a lie! says:

    Just great… I’ve got a long ass flight from SLC to the Philippines leaving on the 12th and coming back on the 20th. Just in time NOT to be able to get it for free. lol That’s my luck…

    • NeverLetMeDown says:

      Wouldn’t matter, this only works over the continental US.

      • The cake is a lie! says:

        That is good to know. I guess I won’t be kicking myself after all. :) Maybe this thing is just a test to see if the network can handle as many people accessing it as they will have. With all the other things they are cutting back on, free wifi would go a long way to make passengers happy.

        • vastrightwing says:

          I’m totally convinced the airlines have no desire to make anyone other than the executives happy. I mean, remember the escape slide employee, the unruly passengers, the babies, the fees, baggage handling, lack of no meals, the TSA, the online travel sites that all lie about the price of a ticket. If I were to think of the absolute worst customer satisfaction orientated business, the Airlines and all the ancillary businesses like airport hotels, cabs, rental car companies, airport vendors, etc. make all other consumer businesses look like Disney World, by comparison.

    • peebozi says:

      SLC = Best Airport in the USA.

      • Donathius says:

        No joke – I live about an hour away and I love flying in/out of SLC. Nice, sensible layout, easy to move between the different terminals (except international), simple to drive around when doing a pickup/dropoff.

        Worst airport? Kind of a toss up between the perpetual construction maze at San Jose and the confusing as all get out Oakland.

        • The cake is a lie! says:

          Add Memphis to the list. Terrible airport…

        • vastrightwing says:

          I vote Logan for the worst: it’s in perpetual construction, the cops are always making people move their cars while waiting for family to grab their bags, the taxis and self parking are super expensive and they hit you with a $3.00 toll to leave the airport in your own car. If you want to take public transportation, you better already be from Boston because you’re never figure out how to use the MBTA kiosks, and you won’t know what bus to take. Top that!

  6. Matzoball says:

    Memo from Airlines Industry Meeting:

    We are not receiving enough revenue from our wi-fi service to justify the cost of implementation. Therefore we are going to offer this service as free and hopefully convince the ignorant masses they can not do with out it. When we have enough converted zombies we will then bring back the charge for it WI-FI model. Let’s all do this together so we can point the finger at each other and it doesn’t look like we colluded at all.

    P.S. Don’t tell our frienimies at Southwest and Jet Blue!

  7. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I would need a plug since my computer’s battery only holds a charge for about an hour. So I don’t really care if there’s wi-fi or not, since I can play DVDs on it anyway.

  8. ajmayo says:

    Why is it that the actual company footing the bill for this (Google) is not even mentioned in the article; and only gets a cameo in a link to Seattle PI at the end?

  9. brianary says:
    • vastrightwing says:

      You’re wrong. It’s all this random communication that’s the problem. WiFi is just another means to communicate. We simply need to clamp down on all communications. We will never be safe until we’ve stopped any and all communications.

  10. Geekybiker says:

    Lets get this straight. *GOOGLE* is offering the service. Delta is just the provider.

  11. Geekybiker says:

    Lets get this straight. GOOGLE is offering the service. Delta is just the provider.

  12. human_shield says:

    I would love this, but unfortunately it also means loud people yelling at their computers on VOIP calls.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      From what I’ve heard, VOIP protocols are generally blocked on airplane wifi

    • NeverLetMeDown says:

      Don’t know if it’s because it’s blocked technically, or because people have some sense of decorum, but I’ve been on probably two dozen wifi-enabled delta flights this year, and haven’t heard that once.

  13. RavenWarrior says:

    Loving it from AirTran, my airline of choice for visiting my girlfriend. God, I’m gonna miss it when if (more like when) they merge with Southwest…

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  15. Jesse says:

    I’m just waiting for the announcement that starting after the holiday season, Delta passengers will now have to pay for any in-flight beverages, including soda, water and coffee due to increased costs from providing free wi-fi on flights. :)

  16. ClaudeKabobbing says:

    Distract the passengers and they wont know they have been delayed for 2 hours on ground and will miss their connectiong flight because they can watch youtube and porn while flying.