Delta flights will now have free in-flight texting

Delta CEO Ed Bastian tells

Delta CEO Ed Bastian tells"CBS This Morning in-flight messaging is coming soon. Delta

For example, Alaska Airlines unveiled free messaging service on its Wi-Fi-enabled flights earlier this year.

'We're in the business of connecting people, connecting the world, and we want our customers, while they're flying, to stay connected to their friends, their family. Customers will be able to access free messaging through Delta's Wi-Fi portal page, airborne.gogoinflight.com. Beginning this weekend, every passenger will be able to send and receive text messages on all popular messaging apps-including iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger-on the airplanes that provide Internet access without having to shell out any extra bucks for it. Well, texters worry no more... at least if you travel with Delta Air Lines.

Bastian noted during the interview on CBS This Morning that part of the difficulties with offering perks such as free text messaging is finding bandwidth for Wi-Fi.

Beginning Oct. 1, Delta Air Lines will become the biggest USA global carrier to offer free mobile messaging during flight, the company announced Wednesday.

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The company said in a press release the move is the first by a US global carrier, which it defines as a USA -based airline operating trans-oceanic routes.

Delta is the biggest carrier to offer the service, though.

The company does warn that photos, videos, and SMS messages cannot be sent and that sending a message may take longer than usual.

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