United To Add WiFi to Domestic Flights

It’s about time! I can’t believe it’s 2005, and we’re just now looking at WiFi becoming commonplace on domestic flights. I was at a baseball game last night, and I had free WiFi at the stadium which was cool, but doesn’t make nearly as much sense as in-flight WiFi. Thank you, United! And thank you, FAA, for approving it. Now we just need the FCC to come through, as well.

This could really be a big win for airlines and passengers alike. Airlines seem to need ways to upsell (I was on a flight once where they were selling $10 sandwiches), and the advantages to passengers is certainly obvious. One no longer has to essentially miss an entire day or work to fly coast to coast (or an entire day of online gaming). Now they just need to provide power outlets so I don’t have to travel with three batteries.

Would you be willing to pay extra for in-flight WiFi? If so, how much?