Spirit Airlines has developed a reputation for offering dirt-cheap fares as well as a lengthy menu of passenger fees, including a $10 charge just to have an airport agent print out your boarding pass.
But the low-cost carrier doesn’t have a fee to let passengers connect to onboard wireless internet because the airline is one of the last major carriers in the country to install Wi-Fi in planes.
That is about to change. In November, Spirit Airlines will begin adding satellite-based Wi-Fi on its entire fleet, with completion expected by the end of 2019.
Spirit Airlines Chief Executive Ted Christie announced on the airline website that the Wi-Fi speed will be fast enough to stream videos but won’t include any free content such as Netflix, Hulu or other movie-streaming services.
Delta Air Lines, for example, offers about 1,000 hours of free movies and television programming on its entertainment system, known as Delta Studio.