Once upon a time, a guy used Singapore Airlines' OnAir data-based in-flight Wi-Fi system. And found himself slapped with a massive bill for replying emails. True horror story. But it won't happen on Scoot's flights.
The airline's new connectivity plans, which take flight aboard its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner, offers unlimited time-based Wi-Fi to passengers.
Provided by Panasonic, you can choose from 1-hour (US$12), 3-hour (US$17), or 24-hour (US$22) sessions for all your internet-streaming needs. As data usage is unlimited, you can watch all the videos you desire if you don’t fancy Scoot’s media offerings, and load image-heavy websites without worry.
Connection speed might vary according to passenger usage on the flight, but it should largely be like the Wi-Fi you encounter in public areas on land.
The seats on the new make of plane also come with charging outlets, but you'll have to pay S$5 to S$8 to use them, unless you're flying ScootBiz, of course.
However, the price plans are only applicable to one device at a time so you’ll have to log off on your smartphone before logging on with your tablet. Also, your timer begins once you log in even when you log off. Which means there’s no point in trying to ration your session to make the most of it.
Plus, don’t think you will get away with accessing Facebook in the air over China; connectivity will be unavailable over Chinese airspace due to restrictions.
As for now, the service is only offered on routes the 787 Dreamliner flies - to Perth from 5 February and to Hong Kong from 6 February. But the entire Scoot fleet will be updated (also with more comfortable seats, better humidity levels, and larger windows) by August 2015, so it's going to be a viable value-for-money option for your longer holiday destinations.