First off yay to Southwest for getting going on this. I think the market is ripe for this and I think airlines that offer Wi-Fi will do well.
I think one of the most frustrating things for fliers now knows which planes have WiFi and which don't. I know planes change hourly (if not more) sometimes and it is hard to know which will be flying which routes.
What company is Southwest using? Go-Go?
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I am amazed following this story on different sources to see how people are reacting to this. Most concerned about pet allergies. First off many airlines have been doing this for years with no to no problems. Secondly a pet owner is going to have lots of pet dander already on their clothes. It would be interested to see how much pet dander is on a flight with no pets even on it. Lastly I am sure any airline would be happy to try and make special accommodations (ie have the pet as far away from you on the plane as possible) to make your flight better.
I understand that Southwest has little choice. This makes great business sense. Doesn't add more weight (since it replaces on of the max carry-ons people can have) it doesn't take more room (pet under the seat) and they get $75 per pet. I would rather Southwest do this, than start charging for other silly things like other airlines!
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