I’ve long been an advocate of the “keep Wi-Fi off planes” movement. Airplanes are the place I go to get away, to unwind, to disconnect. Yes, even at the expense of watching the same episode of 30 Rock or The Big Bang Theory over a dozen times in a given month on the overhead monitor.
But darnit, I kind of think I’ve been wrong all along. I’m writing this from a pimped out Delta 737 flying from Detroit to Seattle. My first class seat has audio video on demand (including dozens of movies, TV shows, music albums, etc.), live TV, power ports, and wifi, which is free during the holidays thanks to Google.
I’m literally sweating because I don’t know what to do first. For one, my iPhone and laptop will be fully charged when I land, not to mention my email inbox will be fairly empty!
Honestly, this is a completely different flying experience than any other airline I’ve flown domestically (I realize Virgin America is somewhat similar, though I don’t fly them). Now, there’s a huge amount of inconsistency in the Delta fleet, but flying on a plane with power ports, AVOD, and Wi-Fi is absolutely the coolest thing ever. I don’t understand how Continental and United *still* don’t have Wi-Fi on almost their entire fleet… though it took a flight on Delta to realize this!
My one complaint about Delta is the first class seat, which is somewhat uncomfortable. There are no headrests, even in first class.
Now, if only Delta had a decent frequent flyer program other than providing plenty of domestic upgrades…