I haven't used wifi on AA, pilam76, but have heard many accounts stating that it isn't fast enough to stream video, especially if many on the flight are using the service as well.
I regualry use wifi on AA and it is too slow to stream video. I do believe that they note that the wifi feed is not adequate for streaming (please don't hold me to this). Like all plane wifi it is not cheap, about $5 for 30 minutes, with all day or complete flight options also avaialbe. Hope this helps and have a great flight.
pilam76, some flights now claim that they do have wifi suitable for streaming. I haven't tried it myself. When you go to go-go inflight (or whatever the wifi provider is), if the streaming option is available, it will tell you. shashack is right that it will warn you if the connection is not suitable for streaming. To know ahead of time, you could AA to see what your flight offers.
I think it's not enough for streaming video. look it for more detail https://www.americanairlines.com/i18n/travelInformation/duringFlight/onboardTechnology.jsp
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At least you fliers on AA have the potential - United explicitly blocks all forms of streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc) so even if the bandwidth can theoretically handle it, I'm outta luck. Too many points and better routing for my needs to switch - so hoping UA improves sometime in the next year or ??
renaissanceman1944 - I fly on United every 2 weeks, total of 6 segments each trip, and I can tell you that Netflix and Youtube are explicitly blocked on all planes where I've used wifi. Are you outside of the US? Last flown a while ago? It also varies in price depending on the distance and it's been up to near $20 on a cross country flight of 6 hrs.
See United's stated policy here: Wi-Fi frequently asked questions | United Airlines
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Why can't I use Netflix or other streaming video websites?
Live video and Internet streaming services are not permitted. Streaming video from a website requires extensive bandwidth and will not work as well on a plane as it does on the ground
Does United Wi-Fi restrict what content I may view?United does not allow customers to access certain websites that may be inappropriate or unsuitable for inflight viewing. We also do not support live video and Internet-based streaming services.
Yep, I actually sat next to a guy from gogo who do all of the wireless for UA's planes about a week ago. Their system is a mishmosh right now (just look at the flights you get in with the Beta video stuff, vs Direct TV, vs some with nothing but the back of the headrest - even in 1st class! )So you may very well have been on a newer or at least different plane. No harm no foul
greekbecky I have 3 more long haul flights between now and June, all on UAL, so I'll check it out and see if anything's changed. ORD to LAX LAX - ORD and EWR to LAX (PS flight)
It's not just you, but... I am normally on the middle segment of 3 when I arrive or depart EWR or ORD, so I don't actually have to deal with the TSA process there. If you fly UAL, you really should know what a P.S. (Premium Service) flight is all about in 1st - any there are very few domestic PS routes - 2 of them being EWR LAX and EWR SFO either direction. Of course, if you think the combination of UA and EWR is close to the definition of hell, then I wouldn't blame you either
My issue is not with EWR TSA, but more with the general crappy attitude of the airport staff including United gate crews. I've had the door closed on my face more times that I want to admit, forcing me to spend a leisurely 5 hours sitting in the filthiest of all United Clubs. I guess its just something in the air at that airport.
dansplan, I bought the $3.99 wifi on an ORD-BOS last week on UA, and no streaming for me, either. And I couldn't get a decent connection to my office's virtual desktop, so the wifi was not useful for my needs.
I rarely use in flight wifi, but there's usually a disclaimer on american (nearly the only airline I fly) that they won't allow you to use netflix or other streaming services due to bandwith constraints.
For flights that use Gogo in flight wifi...
"Gogo does not support live video or streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO GO."