Alaska Airlines announced a couple new In-Flight features for the year 2017. Besides new food and beverage options, a new premium class you can now text for free using GoGo in-flight and stream for free all the movies the in-flight entertainment system offers.
In cooperation with GoGo, Alaska Airlines allows you now free texting during the flight. It only works where GoGo inflight service is available. GoGo coverage is not available on flights from and to Hawaii, Mexico or Latin America.
To use the free texting option during your flight you have to connect to the in-flight WiFi network, open your browser and choose “Free Chat” option. However, only a few apps will work. As of right now it’s Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage. You can send text messages and emojis but video, voice and picture messages are blocked. Make sure you have installed one of these apps before take-off. No GoGo purchase is required to use the free chat option.
Free Texting is rolling out right now in beta with full functionality deploying January 24, 2017. This offer is valid until 12/31/2017.