It is fairly magical that you can connect to the internet while traveling in a metal tube dashing through the air at 500 mph. However, why is the wi-fi on planes so bad? If you’ve flown in the last few years, you’ve noticed that wi-fi has become more common on more routes, especially domestic routes in the US and continental Europe. You’ve probably also noticed that the wi-fi is slow, can only support limited tasks, and can disconnect easily. It’s also expensive as some airlines can charge up to $20 for a whole flight for this bad wi-fi that disconnects and doesn’t work very well.

To find out why airplane wi-fi is slow and expensive watch this helpful video.