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Southwest Airlines and Dish Join Forces to Make Flying Suck Less

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DISH and Southwest Airlines Team Up for Free TV on FlightsI’m grumpy. Not merely because I’m just getting back from a four-day trip to Texas that was book-ended by Delta nickel-and-diming me for essential legroom, measly snacks, and checked baggage. Not merely because of delays and hassles and being manhandled by the TSA. No, what makes me grumpy is the realization that other air passengers out there had it better than me. Granted, flying sucks out loud across the board these days, but Dish and Southwest Airlines have teamed up to make it suck a little less with their “TV Flies Free” initiative:

Now, granted, only the 100 or so customers on that inaugural flight from Boston to Baltimore actually got free iPad 2s, but if you bring your own iOS device on board a Wi-Fi connected Southwest flight, you’ll now be able to access live TV and up to 75 OnDemand shows for free. Available live TV programming includes:

Bravo, CNBC, FOX 5 New York (WNYW), FOX Business Network, FOX News Channel, Golf Channel, MLB.com (Major League Baseball, when games are available), MSNBC, NBC 4 (WNBC), NFL Network, Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel.

And for those customers who have a Dish Hopper at home, you’ll also be able to access all of your DVR’d content, although the press release is a little vague on whether you’ll have to pay for Wi-Fi access to get to your own goodies remotely.

At the same time, Dish is also running a promotion that gives Southwest customers who sign up for the Hopper with Sling at home and a qualifying programming package (America’s Top 120 or better) 12,500 Southwest Rapid Rewards points at the choice of first-year programming discounts or an iPad 2.

Of course, none of this does me any good, because — aside from Delta — the only airlines that service my local airport are US and American. Or, as I like to say, “My choice is ‘… or death?’

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Southwest Airlines
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