Delta to Offer Free In-Flight Access to iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger

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Delta this week announced plans to offer free access to mobile messaging services on its flights starting in October.

Delta will allow customers to use iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger to communicate with family and friends while in flight. Though Delta will let customers send text-based messages that include words and emoji, photo and video files are not supported.

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Free messaging will be available on all Delta flights that feature Gogo Wi-Fi capabilities, which includes all aircraft with two or more cabins. Delta customers will be able to access the messaging services through the Delta Wi-Fi portal page.

"We know many of Delta's customers want or need to stay connected in the air and on the ground, which is why we're investing in an easy, free way to send and receive messages inflight through some of the most popular global platforms," said Tim Mapes, Delta's Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "Coupled with our investments in seat-back screens, free entertainment and High-Speed Wi-Fi, free messaging is one more way customers can choose how to make the most of their time on Delta flights."

Delta plans to start offering the free messaging services on Sunday, October 1.

Top Rated Comments

heov Avatar
44 months ago

How about just taking a break from your phone for the duration of the flight?

Because some of us have work to do? Some of us aren't flying for leisure?

Why don't you put your phone down when you're commuting on a train? Why don't you put your phone down from the hours 2p-5p? Oh wait you have a reason? Maybe now you'll understand why others don't want to put their phone down during a flight.

It's not like they're talking aloud. It shouldn't affect you. And if it does, buy a mask and ear muffs. Or charter a flight. Texting is not discourteous.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jdillings Avatar
44 months ago
How about just taking a break from your phone for the duration of the flight?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ilfn143 Avatar
44 months ago

and they are gonna collect your data!

Just put on your tin foil hat
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
geoff.barnett Avatar
44 months ago

This deserves a little more attention than it has gotten. With the end-to-end encryption Apple touts iMessage offering, how do they do that? Can they decipher, when one message starts and when it ends and just throw everything over a certain size out? I think, you could have a pretty clear size-based discriminator between text iMessages and iMessages containing files, photos or video.

Encryption can happen at different levels.

Your assumption appears to be that you set up a tunnel connection and everything within the tunnel is encrypted, however, this is not the full story, because if this was the only type of encryption, then apple would be able to read your message, because every message passes through Apple's servers and the tunnel would terminate there.

What happens is that the payload is encrypted, the metadata around the data is not encrypted, because it is needed to route the message to the recipient, to define the object type being carried, if the content is large, it contains how many parts need to be assembled at the recipients end and what the sequence number is, the metadata also identifies which key should be used to decrypt it.

When you first use a messaging application two keys are created, the first key is your private key, the second is your public key, a message encrypted with a public key can only be encrypted with the corresponding private key, likewise a message encrypted with a private key can only be decrypted by the corresponding public key, you cannot decrypt a message encrypted using a public key with the public key, or decrypt a message encrypted with the private key with the private key, this is called asymmetric encryption.

You give your public key out to everyone that you message, only you have the private key, if someone encrypts a message with your public key, only you can read it, you can respond to them with a message encrypted with their public key, which they can decrypt with their private key.

When you have a group message is when it gets trickier, because the safest way, is to send a copy of each message to each member of the group, using each members individual public key, however, another way is to exchange the public and the private key over a secure channel and then store them in an encrypted vault accessible only with the members private key.
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DominikHoffmann Avatar
44 months ago

How do they control/limit images and attachments in the iMessage stream if it is encrypted?

This deserves a little more attention than it has gotten. With the end-to-end encryption Apple touts iMessage offering, how do they do that? Can they decipher, when one message starts and when it ends and just throw everything over a certain size out? I think, you could have a pretty clear size-based discriminator between text iMessages and iMessages containing files, photos or video.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bkaus Avatar
44 months ago
How do they control/limit images and attachments in the iMessage stream if it is encrypted?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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