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  1. In-flight WiFi uptake still pretty paltry - FlyerTalk Forums

    […] in the USA still do not offer the service it is apparently a requirement. More on this report here and here. __________________ Wandering Aramean | Twitter | Lounge Guide | Travel Tools | World […]

  2. Carl
    Carl at |

    The uptake is still low for 2 reasons. The per-flight cost is relatively high, and availability is still inconsistent enough to deter purchase of a monthly subscription. And electric outlets aren’t pervasive on aircraft.

    Usage rises drastically when there are promotions making it free for passengers. I think that’s really how to drive usage. Maybe it can be a new Amex benefit.

  3. Andrew
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    I’m just shocked that there aren’t more business travelers who take advantage of this. My company is more than happy to let me expense the $34.95 monthly pass…if that subscription allows me to bill even a couple additional hours to clients in a month (it usually allows me to do even more work), it’s totally worth it for the company to pay for it. I can’t believe that more business travelers don’t do the same thing…I would think there would be enough people doing this to at least get the usage number into the double-digits…

  4. Corey
    Corey at |

    I am surprised by this being so low. I am Platinum on USAir and am seriously considering switching to Delta in 2012 mainly due to the availability of wifi on every plane compared to USAir’s low number of flights that offer this.

  5. Lindsay
    Lindsay at |

    Yeah, honestly, it’s too expensive. People have the ability to bring plenty of entertainment with them now. If they dropped the price, it would be huge.

  6. Lark
    Lark at |

    In E-, I can’t even open my laptop, so it makes it hard to use the wifi everywhere but UA E+, and the C and F on all airlines.

    With the increase of iPad’s and iTouches, and Android devices – small devices that are easy to handle even in E-, I would imagine usage will go up.

  7. Keven Fitzpatrick
    Keven Fitzpatrick at |

    Not sure why it’s surprising though – It’s a feature that’s a competitive necessity because people “feel” like they need it before the fact, only to not purchase it when push comes to shove. Similar methodology could be used to describe many features of computers, or automobiles for that matter, with features that may be necessary to remain class competitive (on paper), but still being relegated to something that isn’t necessarily used to justify that aforementioned reality.

  8. politiweb.net.ms
    politiweb.net.ms at |

    I’ve used inflight wifi 10 times in my life. I have paid for it once. Every other time I have found a promo code. Why pay for that slow crud? BTW Do the ethernet plugs on air-phones in seats work? I feel like they would if you made a data call. Wired on a plane?