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JetBlue promises free Wi-Fi fast enough to stream videos on all of its planes

JetBlue has introduced free and fast Wi-Fi on every aircraft, meaning travellers will be able to stay connected – and stream their favourite shows – from gate to gate.

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JetBlue announces free Wi-Fi. Image by Steve Prezant/Getty Images

The American airline promises customers an internet experience similar to what they might have at home, the ability to stream video and use more than one device at once. Travellers will also be able to stream Amazon videos on their personal devices for in-flight entertainment, surf the web and use messaging apps.

“It’s 2017 and our customers expect to be connected everywhere, whether that be from the comfort of their sofa or 35,000 feet above it.” said Jamie Perry, vice president of marketing, in a statement. “That’s why we’re so proud that JetBlue is now the only airline to offer free, high-speed Wi-Fi, live TV and movies for all customers on every plane.”

Plane passengers will soon have wi-fi for entire journeys thanks to a technological advance where antennae couple with satellites rather than stations on the ground airline free Wi-Fi
Plane passengers will soon have Wi-Fi. Image by The Next Web Photos / CC BY 2.0

The company says it’s the first to offer gate-to-gate connectivity on every flight, meaning travellers don’t need to wait until the plane reaches cruising altitude before they connect, they can use the internet from the time they reach their gate, until they leave the gate at their final destination.

JetBlue connects 100 cities in the US, Caribbean and Latin America, and the service will only be available on flights within the continental US, but will start working as soon at an aircraft enters the coverage area.

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