(StatePoint) Over 2.2 million Americans fly every day, according to Airlines for America. Whether they are heading to a Disney-themed family adventure or jetting off for a romantic rendezvous, the most indispensable companion for many of these modern, mobile travelers is their smartphone.
A recent survey by Gogo Inflight Internet found that 81 percent of travelers want to stay connected while inflight.
Use the following travel tips to stay connected while you’re up in the air.
Check your airline before booking. Though you’ll now find inflight Wi-Fi on most airlines, not all flights may be equipped to offer it. Other tech amenities, like USB ports and in-seat power outlets, vary from airline to airline and even plane to plane — and can be limited to premium seating. If staying connected is important to you, take the extra step before booking to make sure Wi-Fi is available on your flight and confirm amenity options for your seat.
Try a travel-friendly phone plan. Some wireless providers are better for travelers than others. So, it’s worth doing a little homework to find your best option. For example, T-Mobile customers can use their phones to send text and picture messages, use apps like WhatsApp and iMessage, and check visual voicemail for free on all US flights equipped with Gogo Inflight Internet. They also get an hour of free internet access to surf the web and check email or social media though Gogo. And, T-Mobile ONE Plus customers get unlimited Gogo Internet on domestic flights.
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