Bored of sitting for hours on your flight to Kuala Lumpur from Kuching because your smartphone is on ‘flight mode’ and there’s no internet connectivity?
Well, AirAsia is currently testing out an on-board wifi service on their flights which may see passengers being able to use their smart devices during flights for something more than just watching movies, listening to music, and playing games.
A photo tweeted by AriAsia (photo above) also came with the words “This photo was sent via LINE onboard just now! Our Allstars volunteers looking excited for Wi-Fi onboard, are you?”
According to tech site Amanz, the budget airline seeks to enable their passengers to communicate using popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat and Line on-board its flights, and such function has shown much promise.
Another photo released by AirAsia also on their twitter further revealed that the test was successful during the trail.
AirAsia, being a no-frills airline, is expected to charge for the service based on data usage quota, but no information on such charges have been made known just yet.
Either way, the move would be something much welcomed by many tech-savvy budget travelers although I would prefer it to go beyond just merely sending text messages and picture.