Free “holiday Wi-Fi” on US domestic flights

I must admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Google, but even I have to acknowledge that every now and then they provide some really great services. The latest one is their “free holiday Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet”. Google teamed up with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every US domestic flight from 20 November 2010 through 2 January 2011.

Surely now you want to spend more time actually exploring your departure airport before you board. LateDeparture is the right place to find all the information about what you can do at a given airport. Why, for example, don’t you try out that “10 minute manicure” at Miami’s International airport (IATA: MIA) as suggested in our article here?

Once airborne, I suggest you unwind and leave those emails to themselves. Instead, you could try Comcast’s new “Xfinity TV” which includes top-programs like HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” or Showtime’s “Dexter” you can’t otherwise find on other sites such as Hulu. The new service includes over 90 content partners and with that offers over 150,000 video choices. Now you wish your flight was longer, don’t you?

But back to Google, here’s their original post via the official Google blog:

Not too long ago, flying home for the holidays meant disconnecting for several hours until you touched down at your destination. Today, Wi-Fi technologies allow us to stay connected even at 30,000 feet above the ground, so we can read the news, browse the web (to beat the long-haul boredom) and send that last-minute planning email before the family reunion. This holiday season, there will be more connected flyers than ever before.

On the Chrome team, we’re big fans of innovations that make our lives on the web and in the browser better—and it all starts with more ubiquitous access to the Internet. So for this holiday season, we’ve teamed up with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America to offer free Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi on every domestic flight from November 20, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

We were excited by the response from last year’s free holiday Wi-Fi program, and thought that this would be a perfect holiday gift to help you stay connected to your loved ones as you head home. You can find out more about this partnership at If you haven’t tried Chrome yet, remember to download the browser before you take to the skies, or try it when you’re back on the ground.

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  • Free Wi-Fi is a good way to keep people busy during the flight. This is very helpful especially for those who can’t live without the internet.