ARE WE SO MESSED UP WE CAN’T GO 2 HOURS WITHOUT WI-FI?

Apparently so given how people actually pay money to get it on airplane flights.

I can see long flights where you might be bored. Or a business person needing to pass on information.

But to get on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc? On 2 or 3 hour flights?

And this assclown uses it to track his own flight!!!

Give me a break!

United Airlines has taken their sweet time with getting Wifi on their planes, lagging years behind competitors like American and Delta. But it’s finally here, and its speed and pricing structure seem to have been worth the wait.

On Monday, I flew United from Denver to Los Angeles on one of their new Boeing 737-900ERs. The plane was fit with Boeing Sky Interior, which is an attractive LED lighting system, combined with more spacious and ergonomically-friendly overhead bins. Prior to my flight, United’s iPhone app told me the plane would have wifi available. This plane was not decked out with any inflight entertainment screens of any kind, which I’ve mentioned before can cost airlines a lot of money and add weight to the plane. But don’t worry, the app also said the airline has plans to offer on-demand video streaming for your devices.

The wifi pricing was set at $2 per hour. Being on a two-hour flight, I felt like this was pretty generous in comparison to a flat fee that we see on other airlines that ranges from $8 and up. You can even pause the clock. So let’s say you’re on a 10-hour flight, and you still want to get some good sleep, you only need to purchase what you need, instead of wasting extra money on connectivity you don’t need. I ran a speed test and achieved download speeds at just over 10Mbps, and upload speeds of .25Mbps. Yes, that’s a slow upload, but they’re still in beta, so hopefully that will improve. The only real bug or concern I have is that during the signup process, the form didn’t hide my credit card number as I typed it in.

I used the service for an hour, to fire off some tweets, browse my Instagram and Facebook feeds. I also tracked my flight in real time using FlightRadar24. Throughout my test, the connection was never lost, and I felt it was speedy enough to be productive. I look forward to the opportunity to try it again on a longer flight.

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3 Responses to ARE WE SO MESSED UP WE CAN’T GO 2 HOURS WITHOUT WI-FI?

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    Coming from my youth where we had a 4 party telephone line ending up in a 15 pound, desk phone with a rotary dial, a 12 inch screen, B&W TV that received 5 stations…..barely with lots of “snow” and the biggest deal was when a rich kid showed me his latest Christmas present: A GE transistor radio with a Scotch-Plaid faceplate that received only AM stations (hail Allan Freed) all I can say is this idiot has just inspired me to add another chapter in the book I’m currently writing.

    Title: WE’RE DOOMED!

  2. Leonard Jones says:

    For the most part, I think this whole Facebook thing is an opiate for the mind-
    numbed narcissistic millennial generation. “Hey look, I just went to the
    restaurant, I just went shopping, I just took a gnarly shit!” It is like Blogging
    for the self absorbed.

    I did find WiFi handy today when I took my KIndle Fire to the restaurant. Since
    my last job was as an industrial electrician, I have been having fun with a young
    know-it-all dork who loves to tout the virtues of solar energy. He is one of those
    cut and paste know-nothing Internet trolls who does not know a watt from an amp.

    The WiFi connection allowed me to shred him yet again. Maybe it is my age,
    but even the larger virtual keys on the small tablets are like trying to type
    with Chicklets!

  3. bobf says:

    How did we survive 20 years ago?

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