Southwest Airlines yesterday started offering gate-to-gate access to its Wi-Fi service for small portable electronic devices (PEDs) operating in “airplane mode,” just three weeks after the FAA lifted restrictions on wireless usage below 10,000 ft. Southwest, which uses a satellite-based broadband service provided by Row 44, says it has vetted all new procedures through its Safety Risk Management process and will bar the use of laptops and devices larger than a tablet during taxi, takeoff and ...


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