Wired in Flight
Southwest Airlines in the next nine months plans to add wireless technology to some cabins as a test of consumer reaction to being able to e-mail during a flight, among other things. Since it was mentioned as part of Southwest's plan to find ways to raise money through ancillary services, we're assuming Southwest plans to charge extra for the service. It's safe to assume they'll also be trying to figure out whether the service would convince a large number of people to choose Southwest because they could be wired during flight.
It's something I think I'd be willing to pay for, although I'm not sure how much.
Meanwhile, while Southwest is looking for new ways to raise money while keeping base fares low, the airline has no plans to charge for checked baggage--something Spirit is now doing--or for paper tickets or calls to its reservation center.
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