Southwest Airlines Offers Free Movies Onboard Flights

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Southwest Airlines announced they’ll now be offering customers complimentary movies onboard their flights. With this latest enhancement, Southwest customers will now enjoy free movies, messaging music and live TV onboard, when using their own devices such as laptops or iPads.

The airline doesn’t offer any form of seatback entertainment, so while it’s great they’re no longer charge for movies, be sure to bring your own device in order to take part. Delta offers their Delta Studio, onboard complimentary for their customers, which is similar to what Southwest is launching.

Per Southwest Airlines,

The carrier announced its switch from a paid movie product to a free movie product onboard its Inflight Entertainment Portal for a 100 percent free inflight entertainment experience on WiFi-enabled aircraft. The free movie product has begun to roll out across the WiFi-enabled fleet, with plans to offer to the majority of our Customers by the end of the week. Just last month, on select flights, free messaging rolled out to Customers looking to stay connected with friends and family during flight, and in May, Southwest introduced its newest onboard partner, iHeartRadio, giving Customers access to the digital streaming service and its vast library of music and podcasts, where available.

How To Access Free Movies Onboard: 

  • Once onboard a WiFi-enabled aircraft, Customers should connect to the “SouthwestWiFi” network and navigate to the Inflight Entertainment Portal at Once on the Portal, Customers should go to the Movies landing page. After selecting a title, the Customer will be presented with a device compatibility check video to ensure their video will play properly. After completion of the device compatibility check video, the Customer will be able to start their selected title.

With this change, Southwest will continue to sell WiFi onboard it’s flights for a price of $8 per device, if you want to be able to surf the web.

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