The Adventures of Cindy Li
Go Go in flight wireless experience
June 17 , 2009 1 comment
Once upon a time
I decided at the last minute to attend the InControl conference in Cincinnati, OH. The cheapest flight I could find was to Dayton, OH it was an hour or so outside of Cincinatti, OH. My friend Christopher said he’d pick me up and I booked the flight on Airtran. The interesting part of the story is that while boarding my flight from San Francisco to Atlanta I noticed this sign on my plane. Airtran’s latest promotion is to have wifi on all of their planes for Summer 2009.
Now what is a geek girl to do when faced with a shiny new toy to play with on a plane for 5 hours? She tries it out that’s what she does! I travel with my 17” Macbook Pro, insane I know but I love it.
Laptops:The cost was $12.95 for me to use the wifi on my laptop for this flight since it was longer than 3 hours. For flights less than 3 hours it was $9.95. If I flew constantly for 30 days it would be $49.95.
Mobile devices: It was $7.95 on any flight
Video Chatting on an airplane!
I wanted to kick the tires a bit and I tried out the wifi by surfing around until I did video chat with my boyfriend in England while flying somewhere over Texas.
The video quality was pretty good. I was surprised. I even tried the speedtest.
I tried a music streaming site and it was seamless. The only time I had any problems was using hulu.com on the plane. It didn’t cache properly and it did hiccup a bit. I still find this advancement in technology amazing! I would do it again. Love technology and anyway I can still be connected even from thousands of feet up in the air! W00t! Thanks Go Go for keeping me connected and entertained. Now if only I had a discount next time and everlasting battery power. :)