Airplane Wi-Fi: Here’s how in-flight connectivity (and cost) is changing

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  • Use of some chat apps is now free on three of the four major US airlines.
  • In-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights has dropped to a flat fee of less than $10 among major airlines.
  • This communication relies on satellites in geostationary orbit, which cannot communicate with aircraft flying too close to the poles.

Americans return to the sky in large numbers – and many of them will find that in-flight Wi-Fi has changed quite a bit since they last flew in the air.

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Three of the top four U.S. airlines now use some chat apps for free, and the cost of connecting on domestic flights has dropped to a fixed amount of less than $10. Here’s how much you can pay these four operators for Internet access from a chair in the sky:

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