Update Your Facebook Status for Free While Flying the Friendly Skies

Remember the Twilight Zone episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet? If only Facebook, digital cameras, and the Internet as we know it today had been around in the 1960s, William Shatner, who played the part of a nervous salesman on his first airplane flight since having a nervous breakdown, could have posted proof that there was a gremlin on the wing trying to tear the engine apart.

We're not saying that gremlins remain a problem for domestic flights (they've all but been eradicated since the 1980s), but just in case, we're stoked to learn that Gogo Inflight Internet is running a promotion with seven major airlines to offer free access to Facebook. The social networking service is available starting today on North American flights for Virgin America, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, AirTran, US Airways, and Alaska Airlines.

All travelers have to do is open a browser to log on anytime during the month of February. Links to most other sites won't be available, at least not without paying an extra fee (prices range from around $5 to $13, depending on the duration of the flight), but will have unfettered access to Facebook. As it turns out, Facebook is the most-visited site by travelers using Gogo.