Nothing triggers the "I'm not gonna pay $10 after I just paid $500" reflex like inflight internet. But because you need to be on the internet to pay for the internet, they don't cut you off completely -- you can still play the most enjoyable of all e-games: live-chatting with customer service. And if you play your cards right, you might just get that free access you crave.
STAGE 1: JUST ASK.
Shannon: Welcome to Gogo. My name is Shannon.
Shannon: Hello, David. How are you tonight?
david blend: Hello Shannon. Are you related to that guy who might or might not still play for the Lakers?
Shannon: I am not :)
david blend: That's okay. He's mostly an "energy guy" anyway. I only ask because I'm super bored because I can't get on the internet without paying money.
david blend: Is there any way for you to beam free internet to where this airplane is? And to my seat on this airplane?
Shannon: May I please have your username?
david blend: I don't think I have one. Just a name name.
Shannon: Do you have a Gogo account?
david blend: I don't think so. Last time I flew it was free and you just clicked an "I promise that I read all this stuff and agree to it" button.
Shannon: Sorry, I don't have any free sessions to give today.
david blend: Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
david blend: Are there other days where there are free sessions to give?
Shannon: Not to non customers. If you want service you will have to buy a pass.
david blend: But then that's not free!
Shannon: Nope, it wouldn't be.
david blend: It's like a Catch-22
david blend: Which was a book about flying planes. That's probably ironic.
Shannon: Sorry, I have other customers to assist. So, if there is nothing more I can do for you, I will have to disconnect.
Shannon: Thank you for choosing Gogo. Fly classy. Shannon has disconnected.