Southwest Airlines has begun testing free onboard WiFi in conjunction with Row 44, which uses aircraft to satellite technology. When customers board the WiFi enabled aircraft (of which there are currently three), they will receive WiFi instruction sheets and those interested will be able to log on to the service via their personal WiFi enabled device as soon as they are instructed that it’s safe to bring down their tray tables.
Southwest is also partnering with Yahoo! to offer an inflight home page with destination-relevant content such as local news, weather, events like concerts and art exhibits and information about restaurants and shopping. The home page includes a one-of-a-kind flight tracker that allows passengers to follow the plane’s path and view “fly-over” points along the route, with images from Flickr. The WiFi service is being offered on a trial basis, and has not yet received final FCC approval.