Southwest Airlines Offers New Wifi Deal

Author: , November 22nd, 2013

Southwest AirlinesThe FAA made smartphone users leap for joy earlier this month when they announced that electronic devices could – after years of flight attendants’ finger-wagging – be used below 10,000 feet. Now, Southwest is taking things a step further with the launch of gate-to-gate Wifi aboard all flights.

For those who have flown Southwest before and used Wifi onboard, this may seem like non-news. Indeed, it was all the way back in 2010 that Southwest first launched its in-flight Wifi program. But the distinguishing phrase here is “gate-to-gate.” This new service means Wifi for the entire flight – from the minute you sit down to the minute you disembark, you’ll have full access to email, social media, news blogs, and whatever else it is you do on the internet while traveling.

The cost of the service? $8 per device for an entire day of Wifi, including all layovers and connections.

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Amtrak Addresses Blocking of Gay News Sites

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Amtrak confirmed today that it is conducting a soft launch of free WiFi service on its Northeast Regional trains, which include those serving Washington, DC. WiFi is already available on its Acela trains, some regional trains on the west coast and at select stations. Amtrak is expect to provide a formal update next week about its expansion efforts.

Christina Leeds, a media representative for Amrak, also acknowledged reports that some websites, such as the one for the Seattle Gay News, were being blocked by the third-party automated system that is employed by the organization to filter inapproriate content. However, Leeds explained that the system is not perfect and that passengers are given the option – and “encouraged” – to report a site that they believe is being incorrectly blocked.

In the case of the Seattle Gay News’s website,, Amtrak did receive notices that that particular site was being filtered, the site was reviewed and is now available.

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