American fliers offered Facebook access

No longer will those salacious status updates have to wait until landing, with a raft of American carriers set to offer access to Facebook in February.

As part of a link up with Ford, airlines equipped with Gogo Inflight Internet will offer travellers the chance to logon to their profile free of charge.

Carriers of the Aircell powered service include AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.

“Facebook continues to be the number one website visited by travellers using,” said Aircell chief revenue officer, Jim Berrien.

“Our commitment is to offer great in-flight experiences to our users, and unique marketing opportunities to advertisers.”

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Taking advantage is easy.

Once the plane has reached 10,000 feet and travellers are able to turn on personal electronic devices, they must select the Gogo wireless network, open a web browser and click on the Ford/Facebook banner.

“The Ford team is excited to be able to bring Facebook to Gogo Inflight Network users

The service is available to users on all Wi-Fi enabled devices, including laptops, smartphones and PDAs.

However, users will have to pay a charge to surf elsewhere on the information super highway.