Your chance of getting the Internet on a U.S. airline has jumped to 83%, up from about 74% in 2015.
But if you fly on foreign carriers , your chances of connecting to the Internet from the cabin drop to only 28%.
Those are some of the findings from a report by Routehappy, a New York company that tracks onboard airline amenities.
Of airlines worldwide, Emirates, United and Lufthansa lead all carriers in offering Wi-Fi on long-haul flights, the Routehappy study found.
But anyone who has ever tried to stream a movie through onboard Wi-Fi knows that the availability of Wi-Fi is not as important as the speed of the Wi-Fi.
The bad news is that only 7.2% of fliers worldwide get access to Wi-Fi fast enough to stream videos or movies, up from 6% in 2015, the study found. Routehappy did not calculate that rate for U.S. airlines alone.
Still, U.S. carriers are making high-speed Wi-Fi a priority.
JetBlue, for example, announced this week that it has installed free, high-speed Wi-Fi on all of its planes. The satellite-based service through Carlsbad-based ViaSat is capable of speeds of up to 20 mbps per device but only works on flights in the contiguous U.S.
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