Here’s why most flights will offer free Wi-Fi in the near future

Delta plans to add free Wi-Fi for all passengers, something experts expect to spark similar services in other airlines.
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Delta plans to add free Wi-Fi for all passengers, something experts expect to spark similar services in other airlines.

Free Wi-Fi for all passengers is the newest way airlines are competing, a benefit for consumers as more airlines are expected to add the free service to keep up.

Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian told attendees of the Skift Global Forum at the end of September that Delta Airlines plans to make Wi-Fi free for all passengers.

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The timeline isn’t clear, but JetBlue Airways is the only U.S. carrier that offers free Wi-Fi for all passengers. While the technology is widely available on land, it’s been expensive to install in airlines.

Delta is a legacy carrier, while Jet Blue is low-cost. Experts including WHIO’s own Clark Howard have said most major airlines will begin offering free Wi-Fi for all passengers once Delta debuts the service to stay competitive.