The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved the use of electronics from gate-to-gate in addition to allowing airlines to offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi connectivity. Several airlines have already approved the use of gate-to-gate electronics, though Southwest is the first operator in the United States to offer Wi-Fi the entire time, too.
The company made the announcement recently, noting that the new rules are effective immediately. You won’t be able to use a laptop the entire time, those still have to be stowed during takeoff and landing due to their size, though small portable electronics can be connected to Wi-Fi, which costs $8 per device, the entire flight.
Southwest said it “carefully vetted all the new procedures through its Safety Risk Management process to ensure a safe and efficient implementation,” and that the new rules apply to a “majority” of its fleet of aircraft.