FAA Approves Gogo’s Next-Generation 2Ku In-Flight Wi-Fi

Gogo announced this week that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the FAA — the final requirement needed to launch its next-generation 2Ku satellite connectivity service. That means this faster in-flight Wi-Fi, which Gogo originally announced last April and has already installed on a 737-500 test plane, is now cleared for in-flight testing and is expected to…

This Airport is the First in the World to be Entirely Solar-Powered

India’s Cochin International Airport in the southern state of Kerala recently announced that it has become the first airport in the world to operate completely on solar power. On August 18, the airport inaugurated a 12-megawatt solar power plant comprised of 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres near the airport’s cargo complex. The array should…

T-Mobile Plans Now Include Unlimited Roaming in Canada and Mexico

If you’re a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer, you are now free to roam about the continent. Beginning July 15, T-Mobile is extending coverage and calling across the US, Mexico and Canada for all Simple Choice customers at no extra charge, according to the latest “Un-carrier Amped” announcement from the company. This new move, called Mobile…

Virgin America Gets Super-Fast Wi-Fi

First, there was fleet-wide Wi-Fi. Then came the Red® in-flight entertainment system with improved audio and full seasons of TV shows on demand. And starting in September, Virgin America will offer significantly faster Wi-Fi connectivity on the airline’s 10 new A320 aircraft deliveries. Ladies and gentlemen, start your (search) engines! Virgin America has just announced a new…

What Are Your Favorite Noise-Canceling Headphones?

TPG reader Marcus tweeted me to ask about travel gear: @thepointsguy – “What are your favorite noise-canceling headphones for travel?” I think it’s important to have a great pair of headphones for air travel. It’s nice to be able to control your airplane environment, and even if you’re flying in first class, it can get loud. People…

Apple’s Improving Underground Navigation with Transit in Maps

Subway navigation is about to get much easier in hundreds of cities around the world. At the WWDC conference in San Francisco today, Apple introduced a Maps app refresh, which brings advanced Transit info to your iPhone. Transit view in Maps includes subway times and maps, bus information and ferry schedules. You can tap on a stop or station…

Good News for Travelers: Google Maps Going Offline

Wish you could use the Google Maps smartphone app while traveling in foreign cities, but don’t want to pay expensive roaming charges to access it? Or perhaps you’re visiting a country where mobile data service just isn’t available? Well, good news has arrived: Google announced plans to make navigation and GPS features available offline on the Google Maps app by the end of 2015….

Insider Series: Does TSA Security Screening Really Work?

New to our Insider Series is TPG Contributor “Patrick Down,” presently employed as a TSA officer at a US airport. In this installment, he takes a look at the technology used by TSA to screen you and your baggage, and offers his commentary on whether it’s effective … or not.  In the same week that Homeland Security…

Cathay Pacific Finally Getting WiFi

In a move that’s been a long time coming, Cathay Pacific announced that in 2016, its twelve new Airbus A350s will come equipped with wireless internet capability, signaling this world-class Asian carrier’s entrance into the in-flight WiFi game. TPG holds Cathay Pacific’s First Class cabin in high regard, and feels that its comfort and service make it one of the best experiences he’s…

Review: Free Data in 120+ Countries with T-Mobile

Most travelers face a dilemma before embarking on any international trip: Should you pre-pay for your carrier’s expensive roaming package, deal with the hassle of buying a SIM at your destination or risk wasting hundreds or even thousands of dollars by using your phone like you do at home, without planning ahead? If you have…