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Wednesday Buzz: Where to Turn for In-Flight WiFi

By / Jan 28, 2015 (Pogonici/ThinkStock)

A new survey reveals which airlines can provide you with WiFi that actually works. Plus: A new Twitter chat on culture emerges.

Looking to get some work done during your next flight? With our jobs increasingly requiring web access, it’s important to be sure you’re not left with a dead signal when trying to get the documents you need.

Luckily, flight-comparison website Routehappy has released “Global State of In-Flight Wi-Fi,” a report detailing the spread of internet up in the air and highlighting which airlines can give you the access you need to finish that one last slide of your presentation.

Routehappy found that 66 percent of U.S. domestic flights have “some” chance of providing WiFi access, a 28 percent increase in the past year and a half. Those odds may be drastically higher or lower, depending on your airline, as you can see in the chart below.

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Regardless of those gaps in coverage, WiFi is making strides toward becoming nearly ubiquitous on U.S. flights.

“WiFi is one of the most sought-after new amenities fliers want to access on their flights, and there has been significant investment by airlines since our last report,” Routehappy CEO Robert Albert said in a statement. “Coverage is starting to be meaningful on flights worldwide, along with a wide variety of speeds, coverage availability, and pricing models, including free of charge.”

#culturechat: The Hashtag of the Day

On February 5, SocialFish blogger Maddie Grant and Culture That Works partner Jamie Notter will launch a new Twitter chat, which will take place every other Thursday at 1 p.m. EST.

Each chat will cover a different aspect of organizational culture. The first will focus on “Generations and Culture.” Future topics include dealing with slow cultures, creating diversity, and the role of technology in influencing culture.

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