Right now, more than half of US carriers offer Wi-Fi on board. Wi-Fi service is growing, but the process is more complicated than you might expect.
For United Airlines to install Wi-Fi on one of its 747s is a 15-day process that removes a plane completely from revenue service and can cost more than $200,000. But as the Wi-Fi service grows, US airlines stand to earn $1.5 billion from Wi-Fi charges alone on planes.
The Wi-Fi offered on these United planes and from other airlines will be an new high-speed service that uses orbiting satellites as opposed to ground stations. Due to the change, Wi-Fi will now be. available on overseas flights. Pricing will offer differ with tiered models that range in speed and duration with options from $3.99 to $22.99.
Watch as Peter explores the complete process of installing and testing the new Wi-Fi services, including the use of potato product testers.
For more information on Wi-Fi check out:
- Peter’s Travel Tip on Public Wi-Fi Security
- How to Find Free Wi-Fi on the Road
- The Secrets to Lowering International Voice-Data Costs
- Travel Tip: Flying with Overseas Wi-Fi