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WestJet Will Rent Tablets For Wi-Fi To Passengers Who Don’t Have Them

@denschaal

Feb 14, 2014 11:30 am

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Providing tablets for passengers who didn’t bring a computing device is a nice add-on service, and WestJet will make a few bucks (Canadian) out of the program.

— Dennis Schaal

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A WestJet flight arrives in Toronto. WestJet flights are expected to begin offering Wi-Fi in late 2014. Martin Cathrae / Flickr.com


Canadian airline WestJet announced Panasonic Avionics will provide in-flight entertainment and the carrier’s first Wi-Fi service, and WestJet plans on renting tablets to the approximately 25% of passengers who don’t bring mobile devices or laptops onboard.

WestJet’s bring-your-own device system for in-flight entertainment system will enable passengers with mobile devices and laptops to access the Internet, and stream TV, movies,  and read magazines.

WestJet spokesman Brie Thorsteinson Ogle said no decisions have been made on which tablets WestJet will offer for rent or how much the Wi-Fi service and rentals would cost.

“Decisions are still to be made regarding which tablets we will use, costs and service delivery,” Thorsteinson Ogle said. “Those details will come as we continue to work with Panasonic through testing and installation beginning late in 2014.”

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