Even With New Rules, En-route Wi-Fi Gets More Use on Trains Than Planes

July 3, 2014

The FAA’s relaxed stance on passenger use of personal electronic devices throughout all modes of flight showed little change from 2013 to 2014 as use has essentially remained on the tarmac, while commuter rail and intercity bus systems have seen mobile device use soar on the wings of Wi-Fi, according to a new study…

With the inability to use cellular communications at any point during a flight and premium price tag glued to inflight Wi-Fi, airline passengers may be using their time in the clouds to escape the interconnectedness on the ground.

Amtrak has been looking to bolster its Wi-Fi service to attract more customers. Matt Hardison, Amtrak’s chief marketing and sales officer, believe his company’s rail service holds another advantage over airlines.

“The No. 1 advantage that rail has over the airlines is simply that you can use any device you want to bring with you at any time,” said Hardison. “And of course the fact that we have conventional outlets on all of our trains is a big help for those who want to continue to work or use their devices for other purposes while en route…”

Read the rest of the story: “In-flight mobile device use doesn’t take off despite green light to power up,” Tech Times, 2 July 2014

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