Flight and cabin crew access to free inflight Wi-Fi in North America and Europe, 2021.
Access to inflight Wi-Fi could make the airplane crew feel less anxious because they can stay in contact with loved ones. And with 40% of flights in Europe and 80% in North America providing internet connectivity in the air, the chances are good that their place of work has in-flight Wi-Fi with internet access.
But, too often there’s the paywall that turns them away. Average crew member takes multiple flights per day, each potentially requiring the purchase of a new Wi-Fi pass. This is unacceptable, given that Wi-Fi is considered a human right and is provided as a free amenity to employees elsewhere.
Understandably, airlines demand the cabin crew not to fiddle with their smartphones while on-duty. However, during the breaks and transfer flights it should be allowed, so let’s explore the ways for the crew to enjoy onboard internet for free in North America and Europe:
- JetBlue and Norwegian give all their fliers free inflight internet, including the flight crew. Free access tier can be quite slow and restricted in the Norwegians case, but in general sufficient for messaging apps.
- AeroMexico, Alaska, Delta, Southwest, Air France and TAP Portugal give all their fliers free inflight messaging access, limited to iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp usage. American Airlines provides free Facebook Messenger access, but only on the planes equipped with Viasat. It may be in some cases impossible for the crew to take advantage of the free inflight messaging access on these airlines, because logging in to the system requires besides one’s surname the assigned seat number, which they don’t have.
- Magenta Plus, One Plus and One Plus International subscribers of T-Mobile in US can enjoy 1h of free inflight Wi-Fi at the lowest speed + unlimited WhatsApp, Viber, iMessage, and Google Hangout messaging throughout the flight onboard GoGo equipped Alaska, Delta and American Airlines flights.
- Deutsche Telekom, Magyar Telekom, Hrvatski Telekom, Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic Magenta/Business Mobil M and higher subscribers are able to use Wi-Fi at the lowest speed free of charge throughout European short- and medium-haul flights operated by Lufthansa, Eurowings and Austrian Airlines using the carriers Connect App.
For these flight crew members who for the reason or the other can not use the methods described above, the Flightful app now provides a simple, fifth alternative to enjoy free inflight Wi-Fi across the largest number of North American and European planes:
5. Flightful enables one-click, free unlimited Signal Private Messenger, iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp messaging access across a large number of GoGo and FlyNet internet connected airplanes of Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, United Airlines, United Express and Virgin Atlantic. Support for additional airlines and more free apps is added on an ongoing basis, making Flightful a viable choice for all flight crews to enjoy the benefit of free inflight Wi-Fi in their workplace. Read more and download the Flightful app already today from here.