First, Google teamed
with Virgin America to offer free in-flight Wi-Fi, then American
Airlines and Lexus announced
their own free Wi-Fi offering. Now, Wi-Fi access will be even more accessible
to holiday travelers thanks to Google
Today, the search giant announced that it is working with airports around the
country as well as Boingo Wireless,Advanced Wireless Group, Airport
Marketing Income, and othersto give you free Wi-Fi in the airport.
The free Wi-Fi service will be available now through January
15, 2010 at 47 airports. Some of the airports that will offer this free Wi-Fi
include Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis,
Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis, and Charlotte. For those of
you who fly through Burbank and Seattle airports, the deal is even better:
airport-wide Wi-Fi will be available indefinitely.
Given that the upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's
holiday is one of the heaviest travel seasons of the year, there will
definitely be a number of people who can take advantage of this free service.
According to FAA estimates, over 100 million people will pass through the
participating airports between now and January 15, 2010.
In keeping with the spirit of the season, once travelers log
on to the networks in any of the participating airports, they will have the
option to donate to Engineers Without Borders, the One Economy Corporation, or
the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. Google plans to match the donations
made across all the networks up to $250,000. The airport networkthat
generates the highest amount per passenger by January 1, 2010 will receive
$15,000 to donate to a local nonprofit of their choice.
More information about the networks, including a full list
of participating airports, is available at www.freeholidaywifi.com