I got to test WorldMate Live under some pretty rigorous conditions over the holidays. My brother and I went down to Atlanta from Ottawa to visit our dad down there, making a pit stop in Chicago both ways, and let me tell you, there was nothing about the flying that went smoothly. The way down was alright, and we only suffered a delay in Chicago for an hour or two which strangely didn’t show up on WorldMate. An ongoing problem while down south was a lack of data coverage, which cut me off from up-to-date information that could have been heavily relied upon while abroad. If you’re going to pick up WorldMate, just be sure that you’ve got your information in hard copy too, just in case.
Flying on the way back was worse; O’Hare was locked down for about two hours since Bush was going through, so we ended up taxiing for some time before leaving Atlanta. Our original flight they day prior was cancelled, and the rebooking for the next day got us to Chicago … before cancelling the Ottawa flight due to fog. This brings up another issue – WorldMate’s information is only as reliable as the airline providing it. My brother and I were less than impressed with American Airlines, especially when we were stuck in Chicago for another hour because they couldn’t find someone to fly the damned plane. If they don’t put that information out early, you’re just as good waiting outside the gate for the surprise.