As soon as you hear announcement in-fight to switch your electronics devices off before take off, one is bound to be frustrated especially when you’re on a business trip and need to stay in touch with the office. Even if you are solo you might to have last minute conversation with your family. What if you are never told this and you are always connected to internet even after the flight takes off, yes, its going to happen. Now the good news is that wireless internet/WiFi is becoming available on more and more airlines. But ever wondered how this system would work 35,000 feet up in the air?, we will explain you this and soon in India also we can expect this happen. AlthoughJet Airways will soon offer WiFi connectivity for air passengers on their domestic routes.
There are 2 types of operating systems for Airplane WiFi
Air-to-ground WiFi systems:
This works in a same way as your cell phone. Air-planes have an antennae fitted underneath their body, which connects with cell towers. As the aircraft travels, it simply connects to the nearest transmitter on a rolling basis. The air-plane becomes a WiFi-hotspot, so passengers can do everything they would normally do when connected to the internet, including sending emails, making calls, and even streaming movies. However, this system can’t work when the plane is flying over large expanses of water.
Satellite antennae is located on the top of Fuselage. Satellite WiFi uses a network of orbiting satellites to allow connection. The satellite is linked to ground stations, and the air-plane connects antennae on the top of the fuselage. Again, the plane uses whichever satellite is nearest as it travels. Satellite WiFi operates on two different types of bandwidths: broadband and narrow band. Both gives liberty to passengers full internet access, although the narrower options are not suitable for streaming movies.
Airlines offering in-fight WiFi are increasing rapidly now, Although its not very common on all routes. One can check the airlines for such facility. The price is usually on the higher side for greater bandwidth, but for your company, it may be worth the investment.
Inflight WiFi connectivity is poised to improve across the board. New technology such as Gogo’s 2Ku system, which can be rolled ut by 2018, Passengers will be able to stream to their own tablets or laptops via WiFi for both domestic and international flights. JetBlue, , is an American low-cost airline and the 6th-largest airline in the United States has made wireless internet service standard on all domestic flights, and Air Alaska ( American airline based in the Seattle metropolitan area of the state of Washington.) has begun offering free access to popular social media apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
So as in-flight WiFi becomes as commonplace as beverage service, cell phone manners and other flight etiquette rules should still apply.