Free Airport Wi-Fi Courtesy of Google

By Michelle Megna | Posted November 11, 2009

If you travel a lot for business, you certainly know how busy the holiday travel season gets. Michelle Megna at InternetNews.com lays out the details of Google’s plan to ease that pain by providing free Wi-Fi service at airports around the country.


Google is teaming with several wireless vendors to offer free Wi-Fi in 47 airports during the holiday season in an effort to bring more tinsel, and less trauma, to holiday travel.

The gift comes in partnership with Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group and Airport Marketing Income, all of whom are joining Google in providing free Wi-Fi through Jan. 15 in major airports across the country.

"We're very happy to extend our holiday Wi-Fi gift to the millions of people who will spend time in airports over the next few months," Marissa Mayer, vice president of search and user experience at Google, said in a blog post. "We know that this is a very hectic travel season for people, and we hope that free Wi-Fi will make both traveling and connecting with friends and family a little bit easier."

Between now and Jan. 15, about 100 million people are expected to pass through the airports participating in the service, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, Google explained. Those travelers will experience an average wait of 70 minutes once they pass through security.

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