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Which airlines have the best in-flight Wi-Fi?

Which airlines have the best in-flight Wi-Fi?
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If you travel a lot, especially for work, you know that Wi-Fi connections in flight are not great. In fact, they're pricey and you usually get a slow connection.

Ultimately, you don't get much work done, or have much fun watching TV and movies on streaming services like Netflix. There's a reason for that, as it turns out.

Most airlines simply haven't had enough Internet capacity for everyone to use, and often relied on ground-based cellphone towers for their Wi-Fi connections. So, they charged in part to prevent too many passengers from overloading their Internet system.

That's starting to change with airlines, and with in-flight Wi-Fi carriers like Gogo turning to the skies for Internet connections. Specifically, you may soon be connecting in flight to the Internet via satellites, with faster speeds and lower prices (we can hope).

It's likely these faster, cheaper in-flight Wi-Fi connections will mostly affect newer planes. It could be costly for airlines to overhaul their planes' Wi-Fi setups.

So, which airlines currently have the best Wi-Fi service? If free is your main criterion, JetBlue tops Conde Nast Traveler's list.

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