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Need WiFi While in the Air? You Got It

By September 26, 2012March 6th, 2023Technology News

If you need to have an emergency Skype meeting with your team, you can stop by a Starbucks, hang out on a bus, or find a corner café. You can even tether your laptop to your smartphone to get instant Internet access in an emergency. Up until recently, however, if you happened to be flying, the meeting would just have to wait.

Several airlines have started to offer WiFi on domestic flights as of recently, however, including Delta and American Airlines. Still, less than a third of flights within the US actually have Internet access as of last week. So basically, if you want Internet while you’re eating your peanuts, you’ll have to choose very carefully.

Not to worry, however. There are several domestic flights you can take if you want internet access. And guess what? All top ten flights that have WiFi were either going to or leaving Atlanta. Even though only eight percent of people on planes actually use the available WiFi, over fifty percent said they plan on using WiFi in the future and some twenty percent said they find that WiFi is an important factor in choosing which flight they take.

If you want to all but guarantee that you’ll have WiFi in the air, fly from San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Charlotte or Los Angeles. Virgin America is also the only airline thus far to fit all fifty of their planes with WiFi devices, though they do charge $10 per flight no matter how far someone flies. However, Virgin America also says that some 25% of their passengers have no problem paying for the WiFi, even if the flight is under two hours.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.