American Airways will allow you to watch 30 minutes of TikTok within the air without cost
Free TikTok has arrived on some American Airlines flights, according to a company press release (via CNET). Passengers can use the app for up to 30 minutes free of charge and thus have time to look at at least ten of the new, longer TikToks. If you haven’t already installed the app, the airline says you can download it for free in-flight.
The move to make TikTok available to travelers is coming as airlines try to get their attention back to flying after the number of air travelers fell during the pandemic. One of its competitors, United, has also added tech upgrades to its fleet so passengers can pre-order snacks on board and add planes that support Bluetooth audio for the in-seat screens. American recently allowed passengers to use Facebook Messenger for free on board, which gives them at least some connection to the outside world – something some of its competitors have been doing for it and other messaging apps for years.
According to the airline’s press release, the action is a “trial”. CNET reports that customer reaction will determine the duration of the trial.
The airline suggests TikToks on travel and finance
When planning your flights around the free TikTok, keep in mind that not every flight can access it. American Airlines states that promotional offers are limited to narrow-body aircraft with Viasat Wi-Fi systems. Many aircraft in the airline’s fleet appear to be narrow-body aircraft, but aircraft such as the Boeing 787 are not. American also uses some WiFi providers for its flights. Even if a flight has WiFi, there is a chance it was not from Viasat.
The airline’s press release tells its passengers that they can expect a lot of content on the platform, including “travel inspiration” and “career advice”. While it’s hard to imagine a lot of people sitting on a plane watching TikToks about creating a resume, spending half an hour looking for short videos about where you are going isn’t a bad idea. Let’s just hope your time isn’t eaten up by bizarre fake ads featuring Flo Rida songs.