Is the airline inflight WiFi not working on iPhone or iPad? Did you by any chance update to iOS 15 recently? That’s most likely the cause. Apparently American, Delta, Southwest, United and all the other airlines available are experiencing in-flight WiFi issues because of a new iOS feature called Private Relay.
InFlight WiFi Not Working On iPhone
“Couldn’t connect to airline wifi! The first time it happend to me! Is this because of iOS 15?”
We’ve also found a similar report in this YouTube video. Apparently the issue is caused by Private Relay!
How To Fix InFlight WiFi Not Working In iOS 15
Private Relay is a new Privacy feature that hides your IP address and Safari browsing activity. However, your iPhone needs to connect to Apple’s server in the process and this is not available when connecting to an airline’s in-flight Wi-Fi network.
Disable Private Relay !
The Real Problem is though that Private Relay can be deactivated only when an Internet connection is available. Else, there’s no Private Relay option showing up in iCloud Settings. So, hopefully you’re reading this before you board the Airplane for your next flight!
Quick Tip: If you just reached your airplane seat and the crew hasn’t started take off procedures, you can quickly enable cellular data and disable Private Relay as described above! Re-enable Airplane mode, make sure that your Wi-Fi is turned On and connect to the Airplane’s local WiFi!
Turn Off Private Relay For A Specific Network
iOS 15 also gives you the option to disable this privacy feature for each network that you connect to. This is done in Settings -> Wi-Fi. Tap the blue ‘i’ icon next to the Airline InFlight Wi-Fi network name and try to toggle Off iCloud Private Relay!
However, this might not be available if you’re not actually able to connect to the actual network, leaving you stuck, without Internet during your flight!
Extra Fix: Some have managed to somehow connect to the inflight Wifi network without Private Relay turning On, by enabling and disabling WiFi numerous times in Settings.
Have you encountered the same inflight Wifi problems in iOS 15? Do you have a better solution? Use the comments section to share your feedback!
Related: Private Relay although live is still in beta mode. That’s why you can encounter other related issues like Private Relay turned off for Wi-Fi network warnings or Private Relay unavailable notifications!