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This is Why Your Airplane Wi-Fi is Not Worth the Money

Fri Nov 13 04:47:55 EST 2015 | The Cheat Sheet
You’ve paid good money for your airline ticket, and chances are you’ve paid extra for your bags, too. In the growing realm of a la carte airport pricing, there’s very little you don’t pay for anymore — including your Internet connection. Though many airports allow you to access free Wi-Fi in exchange for watching a commercial every 30-45 minutes, the symbol on your devices turns that awful, lonely light gray color once you find your seat in the cabin. That is, unless you’re willing to shell..


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