Flying nowadays can be challenging. You have to get to the airport about eight hours early in order to make it through security. The food options often leave something to be desired and cost a fortune. The seats are more suited, size-wise, to a preschooler. And don’t get me started on the legroom—or lack thereof.
But now JetBlue is easing our woes in a moderate way by offering free Wi-Fi for all domestic flights. Okay, we’ll take it.
Right now, most airlines require you to buy a package from GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi. I’ve done it before, and let me tell you, it ain’t cheap. It also isn’t great Wi-Fi, which really adds insult to injury when you’ve just paid however much, plus tax, and can’t even get on Google. But now, on JetBlue’s entire continental fleet (227 planes!), you’ll get as much internet accessibility as you want.
And, right now, JetBlue is leading the pack when it comes to Wi-Fi in the sky. Though there are several other airlines that offer free Wi-Fi, they’re all international carriers (including Turkish Airlines, Norwegian and the unmatched Emirates). JetBlue purports to be the first U.S. airline to offer passengers free internet on every domestic flight. Many other carriers offer daily Wi-Fi passes, which is a smart move if you’ll be on several different flights, but the prices can range from $8 to $16 and even more sometimes.
And apparently, things are going to start looking up for travelers too, as airlines fight to offer new amenities. Due to low fuel prices and industry-wide consolidation, airlines have started to shift away from charging for things like entertainment and other onboard amenities.
“It’s a really good time for travelers,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “Airlines are really starting to compete on product,” told CNN in an interview.
Chances are the Wi-Fi access you’ll get on Jet Blue will be on-par with other in-flight internet, which usually is not good enough to accommodate streaming. So, sadly, binge-watching Netflix may still not be within reach, but at least now we can let the internet distract us from being stuck in the middle seat—without having to spend a dime.