Southwest Airlines Offers Free Wi-Fi on Select Flights
Southwest Airlines is preparing to offer travelers free Wi-Fi on select flights starting this week. This is a test of service upgrades to bring faster internet to passengers aboard.
Free Wi-Fi will be available on flights mostly in the western United States through Friday, June 10, according to a memo sent out to employees and first reported by CNBC.
“This trial will allow Customers to stream, browse, and engage on the internet at no cost just like other complimentary services,” Tony Roach, Southwest’s vice president of customer experience and customer relations, wrote in the memo.
Southwest has outfitted 40 of its Boeing 737s with upgraded hardware for the Wi-Fi service. The carrier currently offers Wi-Fi for $8 per day, but it blocks access to some high-bandwidth streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Max. It’s not clear if pricing will change once upgrades are completed.
Hawaiian Airlines is another airline working to bring fast internet to its passengers, announcing recently a deal with SpaceX’s Starlink to provide free Wi-Fi on long-haul flights by next year.