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Wi-Fi war: American Airlines is suing its wireless provider over slow internet connections Reuters

We have all had our frustrations with buffering web pages at some point in our lives, but it is most likely not a major concern when you are thousands of feet in the air. Still, it seems American Airlines have had enough of their sluggish Wi-Fi connections whilst airborne and are ready to ditch the airline's current wireless provider, Gogo Inflight, for a faster alternative through legal means.

The lawsuit has been filed in Texas and specifies that American Airlines has attempted to activate a get out clause in its contract that currently sees Gogo Inflight provide internet services on many of the airline's regional and domestic routes.

Reports speculate this could be a contractual ploy from American Airlines to renegotiate its contract with Gogo Inflight. The lawsuit cites the faster speeds offered by ViaSat, a rival in-flight internet provider used by Virgin America and United Airlines planes and criticises the viability of Gogo Inflight's services based on the alternatives available.

"Gogo's "air-to-ground" system was and remains limited. Access to Wi-Fi is not available to passengers below 10,000 feet or over oceans, and only 3Mbps of bandwidth (or 10Mbps for its second-generation air-to-ground system) is available. This limited capacity is shared by all passengers using the service on a given flight, so the more passengers using the service, the slower and less reliable it becomes," American Airlines submitted.

In response, Gogo Inflight has stated its intent to submit a proposal that could potentially see the company's latest satellite technology - dubbed 2Ku – installed for use on American Airlines flights. Elsewhere in the industry, ViaSat has announced plans to increase its coverage in while Panasonic Avionics revealed its multi-year contract and concurrent plans with leading global satellite operator Telesat will allow the company increase its current bandwidth by 500%.

Aeroplanes with Panasonic Avionics equipment already installed would be compatible with the significantly improved bandwidth and could see speeds of a whopping 200mbps installed on flights across Europe and North America. Enough to update your Facebook feed and share ocean snaps on Instagram while going through a patch of turbulence.