A Guide To In-Flight Wi-Fi And Power Outlets

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In-flight internet access is on the up and up. Thanks to a list compiled by Lifehacker, it’s now easy to get a glimpse of just how much progress has been made over the past few years. It looks like AirTran and Virgin America are the best bets for in-flight Wi-Fi, while United Airlines is the worst. According to the company’s website, only 59 of the airline’s 700+ planes have Wi-Fi.

We did a little more digging to find out exactly where airline Wi-Fi stands (prices are for domestic flights), and here’s what we came up with:

*These fleets are serviced by Gogo Inflight Internet. Frequent fliers will want to consider buying a Gogo pass, which can cover all flights in a day or month. Since the majority of airlines use Gogo, one pass could cover multiple legs of a trip — even if different airlines are used.

It is also important to note that even if the airplane you’re flying has Wi-Fi, every seat may not have access to a power outlet. No airline has yet ensured outlets at each seat, but Seat Guru has documented where the power outlets are in each type of aircraft. Additionally, you’ll want to check and make sure you have the right adaptor, or you might find it difficult to get some work done at 10,000 feet.

Gogo Inflight Internet offers free inflight Twitter access during Spring Break!

If you are lucky enough to be flying on one of the U.S. domestic airlines with Gogo Inflight Internet, you are in for a treat this Spring Break season – free Twitter access.

As part of a double promotion, Gogo Inflight Internet is giving away access to the service for a month (till April 14), and is inviting you to enter a contest to win $10,000.

Getting your free Twitter access is simple – when the cabin crew tells you that you are allowed to use electronic devices, connect to the Gogo Inflight Internet signal and follow the instructions on the portal page.

You don’t even have to be inflight to enter the $10,000 contest – just click here and fill in the required fields. You can enter once a day.

Of course, if you need more than Twitter, you can purchase full Internet access inflight or before you board.

Inflight on Twitter? Don’t forget to follow @Gadling and @Gogoinflight!

[Photo: Flickr/JustJohn101]

Complimentary Gogo Inflight Internet on SXSW flights!

gogo inflight internet sxswIf you are heading to SXSW this year, chances are you’ll be carrying at least one smartphone and one laptop – and if you are flying to the event on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines or Delta, your access to Gogo Inflight Internet will be free of charge.

The promotion starts tomorrow, March 10 and runs till March 16. You’ll be able to access the Internet using a laptop or other Wi-Fi enabled mobile device.

Connections may not be available on all these flights, so check with the Gogo Inflight Internet coverage page to see whether your flight will offer the service.

If you are carrying an iPhone, iPod Touch or Blackberry, don’t forget to install the new Gogo Inflight Internet mobile app before you head for the airport!

[Photo: Flickr/Jugglerpm]