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These are the 3 best US airlines to stay connected and work in Economy

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Take a look at an airplane, and you’ll find three main types of flyers: the sleepyhead, the hassle-free leisure traveler, and the productivity guru.

For those of us who fall into that latter camp but don’t necessarily want to jump into business class on every flight, getting work done and staying connected during the flight can be a serious challenge.

woman working on plane

While global airlines in the Middle East and Asia lead the global competition in work-friendly services, some US airlines do a good job of keeping passengers of all classes connected and productive in the air.

We ranked the top 3 US airlines for getting work done in economy mode based on a few factors:

  • Wifi speed and reliability
  • Wi-Fi time limits, data limits, and device limits
  • Wi-Fi costs and hidden fees
  • In-seat power outlets and USB ports
  • Space spread out and work
Delta comfort plus seats

1.Delta

If you’re a SkyMiles member, free 15 mbps Wi-Fi is available for all your devices on most domestic flights. Staying in touch via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage is also free for Delta passengers.

Delta is committed to providing free, high-quality inflight Wi-Fi to everyone for the next two years as it upgrades from « Inflight Wi-Fi » (formerly Gogo) to Viasat and eliminates connectivity costs for passengers.

Since February, most domestic flights have free Wi-Fi for SkyMiles members. Delta’s loyalty program is free; however, if travelers do not want to join, they can pay $10 to connect or $16 for an all-day pass.

USB ports are available in all seats and air conditioning power outlets are available in economy class on the vast majority of flights.

The Delta Comfort Plus bulkhead row and standard economy exit row aisle seats are the best place to work onboard, with extra legroom and reliable power ports.

jetblue plane

2.Jet Blue

JetBlue offers free door-to-door Wi-Fi for all passengers. the high speed viasat The connection provides average speeds of 15 Mbps with no data caps or device caps, so travelers can be sure to get work done effectively.

On a JetBlue Airbus A321, economy passengers have one internationally compatible power outlet at each seat, while Mint Experience cabin passengers have two power outlets.

The only connectivity drawback on JetBlue flights is the lack of messages and calls, even before takeoff and after landing.

The best seat options for comfortable work on board would be JetBlue’s. »even more space” aisle seats.

alaska airlines plane taking off

3. Alaska Airlines

Depending on the aircraft, Alaska in-flight Wi-Fi costs $8 (E175) or $25 (737). Most seats, from economy to first class, have international 110V power ports and USB chargers.

Unfortunately, Wi-Fi isn’t available on the newer 737-9 Max, as is the case with many other airlines that use this plane.

The biggest connectivity advantage for Alaska Airlines passengers is the T Mobile camaraderie. T-Mobile customers in the US get free in-flight text messages, Visual Voicemail and more.

The best seat to curl up with your laptop on Alaska Airlines would be seat D in the second exit row (the number varies by plane).

Making him work on a plane while using his phone and drinking coffee

After choosing the best airline for in-flight work needs, here are a few more ways for productive travelers to set themselves up for success:

  • Check seatguru before booking Check availability of air conditioning outlets and information on legroom.
  • Pre-purchase Wi-Fi if required. Buying before you board can save passengers up to 50%, and not just on our top 3 airlines.
  • Have Connect Ready to go. If you’re going to be charged per device, Connectify lets you share a connection between your PC, tablet, and phone for a lower fee.
  • Bring a device that fits the tray table. The average tray table is 9.5″ x 16.5″. Avoid big, clunky laptops that won’t give you any leeway.
  • Choose a « sticky » loader. You want something lightweight with a ground prong… and maybe some electrical tape, in case you run into a common passenger problem keeping chargers in the angled power ports onboard.
  • Beware of your neighbor. A sudden recline from the front or a sudden spill from the side can seriously damage your laptop, so be vigilant and keep your laptop a few inches from the front edge of the tray table. A nosy neighbor can also invade the privacy of your confidential work information, so try a privacy Screen saver.
  • Download as much as you can offline before you board. Google chrome extension Offline Documentsgmail offline mode with Google Workspace and Outlook offline mode it can give you an advantage in case of connectivity drops.
  • Bring earplugs or noise canceling headphones.

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