Ryanair is weighing options for on-board passenger wi-fi, with firms including US-based LiveTV having pitched solutions to the carrier, the IrishIndependent has learned.

The airline has been reluctant so far to roll out an in-flight wi-fi system because it would need to justify the installation cost with the return it might generate.

The airline could eventually plump for a solution that would offer full internet access, or a ‘closed circuit’ style offering that would allow passengers to use their own smartphones, laptops or computer tablets to pay for access to a large library of content such as movies or TV shows.

Photo Credit: Flyers are belted in and ready for takeoff on Ryanair. Nicola Albertini / Flickr