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Update Facebook for free at 30,000 feet

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Seven airlines will have free inflight internet access to Facebook in February
  • Travelers will have to pay to go elsewhere on the Web
  • Facebook is the most popular website on the internet
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(CNN) -- Juicy -- or mundane -- Facebook status updates won't have to wait until touchdown for air travelers during the month of February.

Seven carriers -- AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America -- are giving free access to the social networking site over their inflight Wi-Fi service.

"Facebook continues to be the number one website visited by travelers using Gogo at 30,000 feet," said Jim Berrien, the chief revenue officer at Aircell. "Our commitment is to offer great inflight experiences to our users, and unique marketing opportunities to advertisers."

Gogo Inflight Internet is owned by Aircell.

Internet access will be free while travelers are on Facebook, but they'll have pay to go elsewhere on the Web. The rates vary by plan and airline.

The free Wi-Fi is being paid for by Ford. The automaker is using the promotion to roll out the 2011 version of its Explorer SUV.