So far it’s an exception. A luxury on certain flights and routes. But access to WiFi on airplanes seems to be getting closer every day to becoming massive.
This became clear at the 74th Annual General Meeting of the Air Transport Association (IATA) held in Sydney in June. In this context, the main providers of mobile satellite services clarified that innovation in technology already makes it possible to use bandwidth more economically.
Currently, price is one of the limitations of this service. For example, Emirates Airlines offers 20MB of free WiFi for the first few hours of flight to members of its benefits program. The rest must be paid in 10 and 15 dollars, depending on the download speed.
The solution seems to be given by roaming agreements between mobile phone operators and onboard WiFi operators, which will allow smartphones to work at heights just as they do on land. For the same reason, it is most likely that onboard WiFi packages will be developed and incorporated into phone accounts, which would eliminate on-the-spot shopping and the use of credit cards. There are even those who believe that in the future it will be possible to eliminate the screens in the seats and replace them with each passenger’s devices.
An innovation that seems to be getting closer every day.