October 13, 2015
The aviation industry has traditionally been quite reluctant to the possibility of allowing passengers to use electronic devices on board, as this might pose a threat to a flight’s security. Throughout the years, security mechanisms have improved, and such limitations on passengers have been loosened.
In fact, things are so different now that some companies now offer Wi-Fi in their flights. Even though this is something unthinkable a decade ago, it comes as no surprise, given that airlines want to accommodate their passengers’ wishes and desires as much as possible, keeping up with current trends.
Virgin America recently announced a partnership with Netflix that will offer free Wi-Fi for users of that video streaming platform, so they can watch their favorite shows while traveling by plane. This novelty will be available on all aircrafts equipped with ViaSat Wi-Fi, a technology that, according to Virgin America, is much faster than the traditional WiFi and will allow passengers to enjoy their Netflix streaming without any lag or latency.
“Netflix and Virgin America are both known for their focus on innovation, with a tendency to stir with their respective industries – so we are thrilled to make a deal that brings the best there is in terms of technology and entertainment to the skies,” said Abby Lunardini, Virgin’s Marketing vice-president. “These cutting-edge investments in our WiFi and entertainment platforms enable us to offer the greatest amount of content via streaming every available 35,000 feet high in the sky.“
Commenting on this news, Michael Smith, chairman of iiNet, a company specializing in Wi-Fi implementation, said that “this is good news for everyone, as Wi-Fi is finally being seen as secure in the most used method of transportation worldwide.” He added that “technologies like the ViaSat Wi-Fi are great, because they will make Wi-Fi even better, faster and more reliable.”
Passengers will be given a login page to the ViaSat WiFi of Virgin America subscribers, with the option logging in to their respective Netflix account. With this, the users of the streaming service will have access to the network without having to pay any extra fees.
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