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Southwest Now Offering Gate-to-Gate Wi-Fi Service

by Todd Haselton | November 21, 2013November 21, 2013 10:00 am PST

Blue Southwest 737 without winglets - LAS

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.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...