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No more waiting until the plane reaches 10,000 feet

Southwest Airlines is now providing gate-to-gate Wi-Fi, allowing passengers to use their electronic devices from point A to point B and everywhere in between.

The airline announced that a majority of its fleet (435 planes, to be exact) now has onboard Wi-Fi access that passengers can use during their flight and all the way up to the gate. This means staying connected through your portable electronic devices (PEDs) like smartphones, e-readers and tablets during all phases of flight (but no calls, please).

Southwest Airlines' extended use of service can be purchases at the same price of $8 per device. It lasts all day (including stops and connections). Passengers can also get free live TV through DISH and pay $5 for movies during flights -- but you don't need to buy Wi-Fi in to see movies and TV thankfully. 

Southwest also assures that it has underwent all proper safety precautions associated with using PEDs onboard during all phases of flight. All it asks is that passengers keep devices in airplane mode, and stow away larger electronics during takeoffs and landings so no one takes a hit to the face from a flying laptop. 

This is all part of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) approval of use of electronic devices during all phases of flight, which occurred October 31. 

Just one day after the FAA's approval, Delta and JetBlue started allowing its passengers to use PEDs during all phases of flight. 

A couple weeks afte the FAA's approval for the U.S., the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officially approved the use of PEDs like tablets, smartphones and e-readers during taxiing, take off and landing.

Source: Southwest Airlines

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Airplane Mode
By brybir on 11/21/2013 3:31:25 PM , Rating: 2
My phone's airplane mode shuts off WIFI, so does that mean I can use the WIFI while the plane is stationary, have to turn on Airplane mode during takeoff and landing, and can use it out of airplane mode above 10,000 feet?

RE: Airplane Mode
By Zok on 11/21/2013 3:43:39 PM , Rating: 3
Can't really give you a full answer without knowing which specific phone, but many phones will deactivate WiFi when put in Airplane Mode, but WiFi can be re-enabled without turning the cellular antenna back on.

RE: Airplane Mode
By FlyBri on 11/22/2013 7:12:43 PM , Rating: 2
@brybir -- Yes, that's exactly what you have to do.

RE: Airplane Mode
By Stuka on 11/24/2013 10:54:14 AM , Rating: 2
I believe most phones will kill all radios when Airplane Mode is activated, but you can turn wifi on again and it will remain in Airplane Mode as far as voice/data are concerned.

Nice move
By KPOM1 on 11/21/2013 8:40:29 PM , Rating: 2
One more reason to fly Southwest!

By ryanbrancel on 11/25/2013 7:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
So we can use Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) on airplanes now?

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