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How Does Inflight Wifi Work, Anyway?

How Does Inflight Wifi Work, Anyway?

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Phones On Airplanes: No Longer Switched Off

Having to switch your devices off on airplanes is frustrating, especially when you’re on a business trip and need to stay in touch with the office or flying solo with kids on a long-haul journey. The good news is that inflight WiFi is becoming available on more and more airlines in place of tradi...

Two Different Operating Systems

There are two operating systems for airplane WiFi: ground-based and satellite. Air-to-ground WiFi works in a similar way to your cell phone. Airplanes have an antenna located underneath their body, which ...

Doesn't Work On Water

However, this system can’t work when the plane is flying over large expanses of water, like on transatlantic routes. That’s where satellite comes in.

Satellite WiFi uses a network of orbiting satellites to allow a connection. The satellite is linked to ground stations, and the airplane conn...

Book WiFi Directly

The number of airlines offering inflight WiFi is increasing rapidly. You may need to book directly with the airline, and some operators require a sing...

Improvements To Come

Inflight WiFi connectivity is poised to improve across the board. Technology such as Gogo’s 2Ku system is steadily improving reliability, which is enabling more airlines to introduce WiFi for both domestic and international flights. JetBlue

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