I'm taking a flight on AA soon and will need internet for some last-minute work. How fast should I expect it to be?

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    Anything from barely useable to good enough for video. In my experience no airline is consistent across all aircraft due to different technology installed, so your mileage may vary depending on the plane you get. Potentially weather and other factors apply as well.
    – Midavalo
    Commented Dec 27, 2023 at 19:52
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    In addition the aircraft will have a fixed internet bandwidth, so the speed you achieve will be dependent on the number of people accessing the internet at the same time. At best you can ask what would the minimum speed potentially be, but even that may depend on the actual aircraft you are flying on.
    – Peter M
    Commented Dec 27, 2023 at 20:43
  • As far as I understand it, for some airlines at least, there is a big difference between the service available over land (and specifically over the continental US) and what you get on transoceanic flights. Completely different technologies and costs which result in very different speeds (and costs, sometimes).
    – jcaron
    Commented Dec 28, 2023 at 15:29
  • Depending on the type of plane and on which stage of the flight you're in, it must be somewhere between a few hundred km/h and several hundred km/h.
    – phoog
    Commented Jan 27 at 5:31

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As of today, flying over the Continental US, the speeds were as follows:

Download: 2.5 Mbps Upload: 7.5 Mbps Latency: 665 ms

  • How full/empty was the plane? Commented Dec 27, 2023 at 23:46
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    @FranckDernoncourt 90% full
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Dec 28, 2023 at 15:47

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