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In-Flight Wi-Fi Is About to Get a Lot Faster

As passenger expectations rise and many seat-back screens vanish, carriers up their game—and your bandwidth.
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With in-flight Wi-Fi finally emerging from its role as a punch line, there’s good news for sky warriors who routinely curse their connection, or lack thereof. The cost of buying and installing better hardware has fallen far enough that many airlines have begun upgrading to faster speeds, and smaller airlines are adopting Wi-Fi for the first time.

Here’s the bad news: What you’ll pay for it might end up being a lot.