Alaska Airlines to offer free in-flight messaging

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Although cell phones are still off limits for travelers on airplanes in the United States, Alaska Airlines announced they will be offering complimentary in-flight messaging for passengers.

The new service will allow Alaska passengers to use iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook messengers on any Gogo-equipped flight.

“We’re celebrating the new year – and our new, bigger airline – with the rollout of new customer-friendly enhancements on Alaska-branded flights, starting with Free Chat,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “We know that staying in touch while on the go is essential to our guests, many of whom don’t need full Internet access. Free Chat is a great way to keep that connection alive without breaking the bank. And yes, it’s fully emoji-compatible.”

Alaska Airlines will also be offering free movies through March, new food and drink options, and a new Premium Class.

The Premium Class upgrade includes four extra inches of legroom, early boarding, and complimentary snacks and alcoholic beverages. It will cost passengers anywhere from $15 to $79.