Is Airplane WiFi Safe?

There’s been a lot of buzz this week about a USA Today reporter who was hacked by another passenger onboard an American Airlines flight recently:

[…”I hacked your email on the plane and read everything you sent and received. I did it to most people on the flight.”

He had verbatim detail of a long email that he repeated back to me essentially word for word…]

We’ve received tons of questions asking if it’s safe to connect to airplane WiFi in light of this, and I figure it’s something others are wondering about as well.

No public internet connection is inherently safe.