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Google Gives the Gift of Free Airport Wi-Fi

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the no-self-interest-here-no-sir dept.

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itwbennett writes "Google is giving you something to be thankful for as you travel this holiday season. The company announced today that it is offering free Wi-Fi at 47 airports across the US between now and January 15. If you haven't booked your flights yet, you want to factor this into your plans. Here's a list of the 47 airports, which cover about 35% of all US passengers, according to Google. The Burbank and Seattle airports will continue to offer the free Google Wi-Fi indefinitely." The HuffPo notes another altruistic note in Google's gesture: "As another way to pass on the spirit of the season, once they log on to networks in any of the participating airports, travelers will have the option [of making] a donation to Engineers Without Borders, the One Economy Corporation, or the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. Google will match the donations made across all the networks up to $250,000, and the airport network that generates the highest amount per passenger by January 1, 2010 will receive $15,000 to donate to the local nonprofit of their choice."

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Your official guide to the Jigaboo presidency (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054002)

Congratulations on your purchase of a brand new nigger! If handled properly, your apeman will give years of valuable, if reluctant, service.

INSTALLING YOUR NIGGER.
You should install your nigger differently according to whether you have purchased the field or house model. Field niggers work best in a serial configuration, i.e. chained together. Chain your nigger to another nigger immediately after unpacking it, and don't even think about taking that chain off, ever. Many niggers start singing as soon as you put a chain on them. This habit can usually be thrashed out of them if nipped in the bud. House niggers work best as standalone units, but should be hobbled or hamstrung to prevent attempts at escape. At this stage, your nigger can also be given a name. Most owners use the same names over and over, since niggers become confused by too much data. Rufus, Rastus, Remus, Toby, Carslisle, Carlton, Hey-You!-Yes-you!, Yeller, Blackstar, and Sambo are all effective names for your new buck nigger. If your nigger is a ho, it should be called Latrelle, L'Tanya, or Jemima. Some owners call their nigger hoes Latrine for a joke. Pearl, Blossom, and Ivory are also righteous names for nigger hoes. These names go straight over your nigger's head, by the way.

CONFIGURING YOUR NIGGER
Owing to a design error, your nigger comes equipped with a tongue and vocal chords. Most niggers can master only a few basic human phrases with this apparatus - "muh dick" being the most popular. However, others make barking, yelping, yapping noises and appear to be in some pain, so you should probably call a vet and have him remove your nigger's tongue. Once de-tongued your nigger will be a lot happier - at least, you won't hear it complaining anywhere near as much. Niggers have nothing interesting to say, anyway. Many owners also castrate their niggers for health reasons (yours, mine, and that of women, not the nigger's). This is strongly recommended, and frankly, it's a mystery why this is not done on the boat

HOUSING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger can be accommodated in cages with stout iron bars. Make sure, however, that the bars are wide enough to push pieces of nigger food through. The rule of thumb is, four niggers per square yard of cage. So a fifteen foot by thirty foot nigger cage can accommodate two hundred niggers. You can site a nigger cage anywhere, even on soft ground. Don't worry about your nigger fashioning makeshift shovels out of odd pieces of wood and digging an escape tunnel under the bars of the cage. Niggers never invented the shovel before and they're not about to now. In any case, your nigger is certainly too lazy to attempt escape. As long as the free food holds out, your nigger is living better than it did in Africa, so it will stay put. Buck niggers and hoe niggers can be safely accommodated in the same cage, as bucks never attempt sex with black hoes.

FEEDING YOUR NIGGER.
Your Nigger likes fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. You should therefore give it none of these things because its lazy ass almost certainly doesn't deserve it. Instead, feed it on porridge with salt, and creek water. Your nigger will supplement its diet with whatever it finds in the fields, other niggers, etc. Experienced nigger owners sometimes push watermelon slices through the bars of the nigger cage at the end of the day as a treat, but only if all niggers have worked well and nothing has been stolen that day. Mike of the Old Ranch Plantation reports that this last one is a killer, since all niggers steal something almost every single day of their lives. He reports he doesn't have to spend much on free watermelon for his niggers as a result. You should never allow your nigger meal breaks while at work, since if it stops work for more than ten minutes it will need to be retrained. You would be surprised how long it takes to teach a nigger to pick cotton. You really would. Coffee beans? Don't ask. You have no idea.

MAKING YOUR NIGGER WORK.
Niggers are very, very averse to work of any kind. The nigger's most prominent anatomical feature, after all, its oversized buttocks, which have evolved to make it more comfortable for your nigger to sit around all day doing nothing for its entire life. Niggers are often good runners, too, to enable them to sprint quickly in the opposite direction if they see work heading their way. The solution to this is to *dupe* your nigger into working. After installation, encourage it towards the cotton field with blows of a wooden club, fence post, baseball bat, etc., and then tell it that all that cotton belongs to a white man, who won't be back until tomorrow. Your nigger will then frantically compete with the other field niggers to steal as much of that cotton as it can before the white man returns. At the end of the day, return your nigger to its cage and laugh at its stupidity, then repeat the same trick every day indefinitely. Your nigger comes equipped with the standard nigger IQ of 75 and a memory to match, so it will forget this trick overnight. Niggers can start work at around 5am. You should then return to bed and come back at around 10am. Your niggers can then work through until around 10pm or whenever the light fades.

ENTERTAINING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger enjoys play, like most animals, so you should play with it regularly. A happy smiling nigger works best. Games niggers enjoy include: 1) A good thrashing: every few days, take your nigger's pants down, hang it up by its heels, and have some of your other niggers thrash it with a club or whip. Your nigger will signal its intense enjoyment by shrieking and sobbing. 2) Lynch the nigger: niggers are cheap and there are millions more where yours came from. So every now and then, push the boat out a bit and lynch a nigger.

Lynchings are best done with a rope over the branch of a tree, and niggers just love to be lynched. It makes them feel special. Make your other niggers watch. They'll be so grateful, they'll work harder for a day or two (and then you can lynch another one). 3) Nigger dragging: Tie your nigger by one wrist to the tow bar on the back of suitable vehicle, then drive away at approximately 50mph. Your nigger's shrieks of enjoyment will be heard for miles. It will shriek until it falls apart. To prolong the fun for the nigger, do *NOT* drag him by his feet, as his head comes off too soon. This is painless for the nigger, but spoils the fun. Always wear a seatbelt and never exceed the speed limit. 4) Playing on the PNL: a variation on (2), except you can lynch your nigger out in the fields, thus saving work time. Niggers enjoy this game best if the PNL is operated by a man in a tall white hood. 5) Hunt the nigger: a variation of Hunt the Slipper, but played outdoors, with Dobermans. WARNING: do not let your Dobermans bite a nigger, as they are highly toxic.

DISPOSAL OF DEAD NIGGERS.
Niggers die on average at around 40, which some might say is 40 years too late, but there you go. Most people prefer their niggers dead, in fact. When yours dies, report the license number of the car that did the drive-by shooting of your nigger. The police will collect the nigger and dispose of it for you.

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH NIGGERS - MY NIGGER IS VERY AGGRESIVE
Have it put down, for god's sake. Who needs an uppity nigger? What are we, short of niggers or something?

MY NIGGER KEEPS RAPING WHITE WOMEN
They all do this. Shorten your nigger's chain so it can't reach any white women, and arm heavily any white women who might go near it.

WILL MY NIGGER ATTACK ME?
Not unless it outnumbers you 20 to 1, and even then, it's not likely. If niggers successfully overthrew their owners, they'd have to sort out their own food. This is probably why nigger uprisings were nonexistent (until some fool gave them rights).

MY NIGGER BITCHES ABOUT ITS "RIGHTS" AND "RACISM".
Yeah, well, it would. Tell it to shut the fuck up.

MY NIGGER'S HIDE IS A FUNNY COLOR. - WHAT IS THE CORRECT SHADE FOR A NIGGER?
A nigger's skin is actually more or less transparent. That brown color you can see is the shit your nigger is full of. This is why some models of nigger are sold as "The Shitskin".

MY NIGGER ACTS LIKE A NIGGER, BUT IS WHITE.
What you have there is a "wigger". Rough crowd. WOW!

IS THAT LIKE AN ALBINO? ARE THEY RARE?
They're as common as dog shit and about as valuable. In fact, one of them was President between 1992 and 2000. Put your wigger in a cage with a few hundred genuine niggers and you'll soon find it stops acting like a nigger. However, leave it in the cage and let the niggers dispose of it. The best thing for any wigger is a dose of TNB.

MY NIGGER SMELLS REALLY BAD
And you were expecting what?

SHOULD I STORE MY DEAD NIGGER?
When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "Dead nigger storage"? .That's because there ain't no goddamn sign.

HuffPo? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054048)

HuffPo? Really? It's that hard to say Huffington Post? Really? Wow. I mean, I've heard of editors being too lazy to check for dupes, and too lazy to proofread and article, but just wow!

Re:HuffPo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054260)

I was wondering how the Microsoft Evangelist Bingspammers are going to spin this as being something evil.

Got any ideas?

Re:HuffPo? (0, Offtopic)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054446)

I've heard of editors being too lazy to check for dupes and too lazy to proofread and article...

Dupes? Really Wow. I've heard of posters being too lazy to proofread an article, but just wow!

Re:HuffPo? (2, Informative)

i_ate_god (899684) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054496)

er, that's its nickname.

I think someone has to whoosh me now for obviously falling for the troll bait... :(

Re:HuffPo? (1)

frvfilmslashdot (1672380) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055712)

fifo--- firefox...

heh (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054054)

Of the two I'll definitely be in during the time frame - the one that already had free wi-fi ( Orlando ) is on the list. The other, the busiest airport in the country, didn't have free wi-fi before and is not on the list. The Sanford/Orlando airport also has free wi-fi but last time I was there it would only let me access Google sites. It was odd but I could get to Google Docs so I didn't care too much.
 
What would be really awesome is free wi-fi on aircraft. Although I'd trade that for power in a heartbeat.

Keep Reading. Free Wifi on Virgin America. (4, Informative)

im_thatoneguy (819432) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054160)

From TFA:

In total, the gift will include 47 airports that together handle over 500 million passengers each year, or about 35% of the total number of annual passengers in the U.S. In October, Google and Virgin America announced that, during this same period, all passengers on Virgin America will have free in-flight Wi-Fi. Five of the airports participating in the program are also Virgin America destinations: Boston, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego and Virgin America's newest destination launching November 18, Fort Lauderdale.

Re:heh (4, Informative)

mrbene (1380531) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054170)

What would be really awesome is free wi-fi on aircraft. Although I'd trade that for power in a heartbeat.

This is already being offered on some planes - AA, Delta, Virgin American, and Airtran all offer Gogo Inflight Internet [gogoinflight.com] . It's surprisingly similar in price to internet at airports, but I doubt that it offers anything particularly speedy.

Re:heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054644)

I was recently on a flight from DFW to BOS, and even with my entire family using the wifi, I was still able to videochat with people on the ground.
The framerate was admittedly low, but it worked easily and was anything but slow.

Re:heh (1)

loom_weaver (527816) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055158)

Gah,

The last thing I want to do while on a plane is hear the person beside me yakking away. On the bus or subway is one thing. In a sardine can where you aren't allowed to move to another location is a whole different story.

Re:heh (1)

ncc74656 (45571) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055504)

The last thing I want to do while on a plane is hear the person beside me yakking away.

VoIP apps are usually blocked for that reason (among others...they might want to bend you over on airphone service, but this is one case where a restriction works out well for everybody).

Re:heh (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#30056062)

If you are having a problem with noise in public places, it is a self inflicted problem. Here is a very inexpensive solution so that you don't have to be in torment when every single person around you doesn't bend to your will.

http://www.uline.com/BL_954/Classic-Ear-Plugs-NRR-29 [uline.com]

Re:heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30055824)

I've used it and was pleasantly surprised. I didn't try streaming video (because I'm not an ass), but it was very easy to use AIM in realtime and check email (including attachments).

Re:heh (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055864)

I thought wifi was too risky, at least according to the mythbusters, in an airplane because not every wifi card, etc. could be tested?

Wouldn't it be safer just to offer an ethernet port at every seat?

Re:heh (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054308)

IND is another airport that already has free WiFi.

Re:heh (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055192)

So is San Jose.

I guess they couldn't bribe ORD enough. Boingo still rules, if you want to call it that....

You see, whereas before you couldn't be tracked, Google (see google.com/dashboard) is an expert. The TSA needs experts.

Re:Free inflight wifi on all the major carriers (1)

appleguru (1030562) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055358)

If you're on a flight with gogo wireless, there are a bunch of promo codes for free internet..

FREEINTERNET should work until the end of the year..
DELTATRYGOGO should work on Delta flights
AATRYGOGO should work on American Airlines flights

Gogo is also running a promotion where you can get a code to give out to people and the person with the most people that use their code gets a few free sessions or something like that.

2287321623nca was the code they gave me; should be good for free in flight wifi until January 7th, 2010

The key for all of these however, is to have them *before* you get on the plane. So if you haven't yet, put them down in your phone or something, just in case you end up on one with service!

I've been doing a lot of flying recently.. nothing better than free wifi on the plane!

Re:heh (1)

ncc74656 (45571) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055462)

I noticed that Las Vegas is also on the list, even though it's had free WiFi for probably at least a couple of years.

Re:heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30055816)

With internet access on the actual plane you will now be required by some companies to make productive use of that time, and be in communication with the office in flight, instead of watching a movie/reading a book/taking a nap.

As someone who travels a lot for business, let me just say gee, that sounds swell.

Google & Microsoft free ad money = Pure Evil? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054062)

So, I've been thinking about this a lot lately. When Google and Microsoft give away free ad money to test their ad networks, they are effectively inflating the price of how much everyone pays for the ads. It's about as evil as you can get because it is pure evil, like if nobody noticed I'm sure they would do it more but everyone would notice the inflated costs if they did -- so they can only give out a $100/$75 per new account and nobody notices how you end up having to pay for this because you're the ones with the real money competing with fake money that inflates the cost of the ads artificially.

How's that for a reason not buy ads from them?

Supply and demand works here (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054270)

When Google and Microsoft give away free ad money to test their ad networks, they are effectively inflating the price of how much everyone pays for the ads.

Not really. They charge as much as you are willing to pay. The AdWords/AdSense prices are very low for well made ad campaigns for keywords with little competition but if you want to have the first ad when people search for generic, higly competed keyword (Like poker), you will have to pay like hell because so many others are also willing to pay for that place.

What google then does with the money only affects it's profit margins. It doesn't inflate the prices.

How's that for a reason not buy ads from them?

Regardless of what the company does, I will keep buying ads from them as long as it stays profitable for me (I am pleased with the amount/quality of visitors I get for what I pay).

No Ohare or any of the NY airports?? (1)

thammoud (193905) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054094)

Sucks for me.

Re:No Ohare or any of the NY airports?? (1)

mrbene (1380531) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054184)

MS already got O'Hare, so you'll need to do a search on Bing to get your free wifi there.

Re:No Ohare or any of the NY airports?? (3, Funny)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054346)

Knowing how O'hare is on delays, they wouldn't get the wifi running until May, and even then you'd have a ping of 12s or so with a 20% chance of your connection being canceled altogether.

Re:No Ohare or any of the NY airports?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30055956)

Sounds like Comcast to me...

Copying MS? (4, Informative)

mrbene (1380531) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054122)

Sounds like Microsoft was doing this already [venturebeat.com] to promote Bing, and that they've snagged O'Hare.

I'm curious tho - if they're picking up the tab for Boingo and so forth, are they also picking up the user registration information?

Re:Copying MS? (3, Insightful)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054702)

Sadly, this is next to useless because it doesn't cover any of the airports you are likely to be flying through. None of the major airline hub cities except Las Vegas and Miami are included on the list. Not DFW, not Atlanta, not Denver, not LAX, not Salt Lake City, not Cincinnati, not Chicago, not JFK.

Unless you're a complete fool, you probably have a pretty good idea how early to get to the airport to fly, and for most of us, that means printing your boarding pass from home before you leave, and arriving an hour before the plane leaves. That gives you thirty minutes through security, ten minutes in the airport, and then you're gone. There's very little time to use Wi-Fi, though I suppose if my plane were delayed out of San Jose due to maintenance problems, it might be marginally useful.

Similarly, when you get to your destination, Wi-Fi is the last thing you're thinking about. You're making a beeline for the luggage conveyor (if you checked any), then a beeline for the taxi stand or the pickup area or the car rental place. So although it's nice in theory that I could get free Wi-Fi when I get to Nashville, the fact of the matter is that I won't use it there, either, nor on my return trip.

The one part of your trip that you're not in control over---the one part of your trip where you actually spend a significant amount of time sitting in the airport twiddling your thumbs---is that three or four hour layover. Statistically speaking, this is almost always going to be in Dallas/Fort-Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, LAX, or Denver---maybe Las Vegas if you are flying from somewhere in the western U.S. to somewhere else in the western U.S., but even then, you're much more likely to go through LAX.

So it's a nice idea in principal, but in practice, you'd have a hard time picking worse airports in terms of improving things for U.S. passengers. The airports listed are almost never used for connections except maybe puddle jumper biplanes out to Lexington, KY or something. I mean, I guess they could have picked Jackson, TN (MKL), Milan's Linate Airport (LIN), and Air Europa (UX) or something, but....

Re:Copying MS? (1)

domino14 (1184971) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054836)

Apparently, you're not as addicted to the Internet as I am. The 10 minutes in between getting to my gate and boarding, and the 15 minutes in between arriving and your luggage appearing on the conveyor belt are prime Internet surfing time.

Re:Copying MS? (2, Informative)

TerraFrost (611855) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055014)

They are providing free wireless for at least one hub - a Continental Airlines hub - Houston Bush [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Copying MS? (1)

chebucto (992517) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055060)

I usually arrive early (because of the unknowns - traffic, security, unknown unknowns) and end up waiting a while (baggage). I would (and do, at airports which already provide this (props to YHZ)) use wifi given the opportunity.

Re:Copying MS? (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055258)

What they're probably betting on is that more people will use this for non-PC devices, like iPhones and Blackberries with Wi-Fi capability, rather than people popping open their notebooks while waiting for flights. If you have your iPhone handy, it's easy enough to check a few emails quickly while waiting in line, as opposed to waiting for your computer to boot up and all that,...

Re:Copying MS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30055294)

Salt Lake City has it's own free wifi now [slcairport.com] .

Re:Copying MS? (1)

Headrick (25371) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055354)

In general I agree with your comment but I don't think it's completely foolish to get to the airport early and a number of people (like me) live in one of the covered airports and will be traveling soon. I tend to arrive at the airport a couple hours early, get through security, and find a decent place to have a meal and a drink or two. I'm much less stressed and will enjoy the free wifi.

So yeah, maybe it's a bit of grandstanding but it's not useless for many thousands of people.

Re:Copying MS? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055680)

and find a decent place to have a meal and a drink or two

You have an airport that has a decent place to have a meal? There seems to be only 3 types of restaurants in any airport I've been to A) expensive but decent food B) fast food that is expensive and doesn't have half the menu options C) "real" restaurants that manage to kill everything by being in an airport. For example, I ate at a steakhouse (I think it was Outback but I'm not certain) where the food was good and wasn't much overpriced compared to the restaurant outside of the airport but how the heck are you supposed to eat a steak with plastic utensils? Not only that but instead of cloth napkins they gave us paper towels.

The closest thing to a "good" airport food vendor would be either the chain coffee shops or Cinnabon. And I wouldn't eat an entire meal there.

Re:Copying MS? (1)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055566)

Obviously you live somewhere warm. Up north you show up to the airport an hour before your flight and wait three hours while they deice the planes.

Re:Copying MS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30055698)

Good points - but you're forgetting layovers between flights.
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Re:Copying MS? (1)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055872)

You must have misread what I said. The whole point of my post was that the layovers are almost always going to be in cities that this doesn't cover.

Re:Copying MS? (1)

Neoro (1473253) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055998)

Last few times I was in Denver they already have free WiFi

PDX not on the list (4, Informative)

bobcat7677 (561727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054124)

Portland, OR is not on the list...but then that's probably because travelers through PDX already enjoy free wi-fi courtesy of the Port of Portland and have for several years now. Now tell me again why other airports don't extend this courtesy already?

Re:PDX not on the list (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054190)

Because they want to charge for it and make money from the service, duh.

Re:PDX not on the list (1)

GIL_Dude (850471) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054314)

Or, where they don't want to manage it themselves or deal with a subcontractor they are more than willing to sell the franchise rights to some other operator like a Boingo, etc. Less work for the airport - just money to receive.

Re:PDX not on the list (2, Interesting)

BearRanger (945122) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054318)

Several airports on the list also offer free wi-fi. (Charlotte, NC; Orlando, FL; and I think Pittsburgh, PA come to mind) I just assumed that in these airports Google is picking up the cost of providing the service for the duration of their promotion. But good on PDX to hold the line and stick to their principles. Having flown through there a lot myself I can say firsthand that it's a darned good airport.

Re:PDX not on the list (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054928)

I thought IAH (Houston/Bush) already had free WiFi. I seem to recall using it a few years back last time I had a connection there.

Re:PDX not on the list (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055270)

I certainly hope this doesn't mean that, after the promotional period, the PIT airport will start charging for access. I like having free wi-fi while waiting for outbound flights here,... I fly to PHX a lot, too, and they have free wi-fi as well at Sky Harbor -- though they're not on the Google list.

Re:PDX not on the list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054570)

Every airport I've been too have given me free wifi through Boingo.

Wait, huh? You're supposed to pay? And all I had to do was change my mac address and it was free...

Re:PDX not on the list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30056270)

nonsense.

Re:PDX not on the list (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055652)

Because then Portlanders wouldn't be able to make irritatingly smug forum postings?

The Reason Why? Money (2, Insightful)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055930)

Portland, OR is not on the list...but then that's probably because travelers through PDX already enjoy free wi-fi courtesy of the Port of Portland and have for several years now. Now tell me again why other airports don't extend this courtesy already?

As someone that works at an airport (and provides free Wi-Fi), I'll tell you precisely why more don't offer it: money. I work at a smaller airport where the cost of providing the service is low, but at larger airports, the cost of bandwidth and hardware is significant. Pittsburgh and McCarran in Las Vegas offered it as an incentive to pull in fliers, but the cost issue is a double edged sword at airports. With the state of the air travel industry being so bad, not only do airports not want to foot the bill for Wi-Fi, many of them don't want to give up the revenue from the paid Wi-Fi services some have. Airports are pretty desperate for money right now, and there's very little they can do to make it outside of rents and fees. It's not like they can throw an airline ticket sale to attract more fliers. That's up to the airlines. Airports are nothing but landlords, and they're completely dependent upon rent from tenants and fees from things like baggage carts and yes, Wi-Fi.

Why is this news (2, Insightful)

DeathOverlord3 (645635) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054154)

I was just in the Incheon airport and not only do they have free wifi throughout the terminal, but many internet PCs freely available for anyone to use. I guess the real news here is that someone passed up on an opportunity to charge $2/hr or whatever for wifi in this country.

Re:Why is this news (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055542)

That is South Korea - a country where you can get a 100Mbps uncapped connection for $50 virtually everywhere. That free wifi costs them pennies, literally.

Then again, Incheon International airport is one of the most impressive ones that I've seen in many aspects.

And no ATLANTA (1)

GabriellaKat (748072) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054168)

Certainly couldn't do it at the worlds busiest airport? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World's_busiest_airport [wikipedia.org] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartsfield-Jackson_Atlanta_International_Airport [wikipedia.org]

Re:And no ATLANTA (2, Informative)

vsage3 (718267) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054234)

Is this a surprise? None of the nation's biggest airports are on there because they're all locked into various Wi-Fi carriers like Boingo that charge $7-10 for a day pass.

Yay SJC! Too bad for SFO (2, Informative)

rsborg (111459) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054172)

I'm pretty sure Ohare and NY airports aren't on this list because they're too big, or already have options (Someone mentioned that PDX has free wifi courtesy of the airport itself).

This is a nice gesture of goodwill from Google... I wonder how much it costs.

Re:Yay SJC! Too bad for SFO (2, Insightful)

arevos (659374) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054340)

This is a nice gesture of goodwill from Google... I wonder how much it costs.

Goodwill? Well maybe, but I suspect that they'll also be storing all that lovely user data about people's surfing habits. Airports have a lot of different passengers going through each day, so they'd get a good cross-section of the population. Also, as network traffic on airport wifis is predominantly from personal laptops, perhaps there will be less clickbots/spambots to screw up Google's statistics. They could also tailor their advertisements more effectively, showing people ads for local businesses in and around the airport, for example.

Re:Yay SJC! Too bad for SFO (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054616)

As if Google doesn't have enough user data already. It's for "goodwill" in the sense that it's good advertising for them.

or ATL - Altanta (1)

NoYob (1630681) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054364)

or CBN - CowboyNeil!

Re:Yay SJC! Too bad for SFO (1)

bwcbwc (601780) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054752)

Don't think it's a question of just size. Google's got most of Florida, including Miami and Orlando. And US Air's hub in Charlotte. But no DFW, ORD, NYC, or any of the other big hubs. Still, they've got all three airports in my general area, so I'm covered for at least my outbound leg.

Re:Yay SJC! Too bad for SFO (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055674)

This is a nice gesture of goodwill from Google... I wonder how much it costs.

Goodwill my ass. They're only doing it because Microsoft announced a similar program. Of course, Slashdot wouldn't report that...

Re:Yay SJC! Too bad for SFO (1)

dakameleon (1126377) | more than 4 years ago | (#30056246)

Ever think it's because Google's marketing department knows how to get the word out more effectively at the right target audience?

DFW Not on the List (1)

PHPNerd (1039992) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054186)

Somehow freaking El Paso made it on the list, and TWO Houston airports....but not Dallas/Fort-Worth, which is easily the biggest airport in the state and the 4th busiest airport in the nation. What the crap, Google?

Maybe you should ask DFW (1)

Chris Daniel (807289) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054540)

I would think the airports get a percentage of wifi access fees, or the entire fee if they run their own system (as opposed to bringing in a carrier like Boingo). Perhaps Google's offer (assuming it was made) wasn't a good fit for their budget.

Re:DFW Not on the List (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054876)

If you want to complain, how about no JFK?

The HuffPo? (5, Funny)

Morris Thorpe (762715) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054200)

Today on SlaDo: Comments about the HuffPo report that The Goo giving free WiFi at the 'port.

Re:The HuffPo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054274)

Today on SlaDo: Comments about the HuffPo report that The Goo giving free WiFi at the 'port.

Thank you, good sir. I'm officially calling Google "The Goo" from now on.

Re:The HuffPo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054296)

I prefer 'The Goodge'

Oh, and you can just call me 'The Dude'

--

Re:The HuffPo? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054344)

"The Goo"? 2D Boy [2dboy.com] might have a problem with that, sir.

No Atlanta on the list (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054202)

For the "busiest airport in the world" they sure do drop the ball with little things like this. No doubt selling people $10 a day passes is too profitable to stop doing.

"Matching" Donations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054214)

"Matching" donations are just a means to trick people into thinking that they are getting a multiplier on their donations. In fact, Google or any other "matcher" just makes one lump sum donation (to each charity). There is no "matching" unless the big donor states that it will take back some of its money if others don't donate enough, but that's never how it works in practice. Really, the fundraisers are suggesting a connection between two entirely separate transactions, and I think it's dishonest (and the ends don't justify the means).

Google as Marlo (-1)

schnablebg (678930) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054226)

This reminds me of the scene in The Wire where Marlo (drug kinpin that runs the neighborhood) gives out money to all the kids to buy clothes for the new school year.

Google's name is gonna ring out.

Ah, yes, HuffPo (4, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054244)

It just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? Let's all say it together - HuffPo. HuffPo.

Actually, I guess it doesn't really. What it DOES sound like is something that'd get a movie an X rating.

Re:Ah, yes, HuffPo (2, Funny)

bwcbwc (601780) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054768)

No, it's the spoonerism of HuffPo that would give you the X rating...PuffHo?

So... (2, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054264)

Did google find themselves in need of a representative sample of travellers' network activity? Or some general positive buzz?

To "the season" (3, Insightful)

alexborges (313924) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054266)

Fuck the season

Fuck the horse (or "raindear") it rode in on.

And fuck the "spirit" of whatever the hell makes you feel all twingly inside and more "giving"

You are either a good person or an asshole, regardless of the time of the year.

Re:To "the season" (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054322)

Sometimes we need a "-1 Drunk" mod.

Re:To "the season" (1)

miggyb (1537903) | more than 4 years ago | (#30056194)

But a "+1 Drunk" mod would so much more useful.

Re:To "the season" (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054356)

Well, I have a guess which one you are...

Re:To "the season" (5, Insightful)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055964)

You are either a good person or an asshole, regardless of the time of the year.

So good of you to represent the assholes.

Re:To "the season" (1)

RJBeery (956252) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055992)

It's reindeer. Asshole.

Re:To "the season" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30056012)

Well I guess we know which one you are!

OMA always free (1)

JeffTL (667728) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054282)

Eppley in Omaha (world's cleanest airport, or so says the urinal, and I've not seen a cleaner airport yet) always has free WiFi. I see that Microsoft has sponsored MDW and DEN, which would be of use to me had I not already taken care of all my immediate business there.

Re:OMA always free (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054412)

I think I ruined their reputation last time I was there. Sorry about that, next time I promise not to get the 1/2 lb combo burrito from the airport Taco Bell...

Picked 1 of 3 (1)

timpdx (1473923) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054302)

Chose LAX *bzzz* Chose Virgin *ding* Chose JFK *bzzz* one of three ain't bad, must have wifi at JFK to get some work done on my 5 hour layover to the UAE. Its New York, I don't expect them to "do free" and I will be stuck paying for that part. hey, will take the free in-flight wi-fi...

It's a trap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054310)

This has rarely been so appropriate.

Still an U.S.A. airport (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054334)

As an international traveler, thanks but no thanks.

dont trust them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054376)

Its only a gesture. PR, you know. Theyre luring us in ... evil evil monster.

Pittsburgh (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30054382)

Pittsburgh already has free WiFi. What exactly are they offering us?

Imagine all the marketing info .... (2, Interesting)

opypod (1169579) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054392)

I guess google will be keeping track of what all those holiday shoppers/travelers are googling? This is so much better than doing marketing research the old way ... Not that I'm a skeptic ... but I believe there is an evil, ulterior motive.

Re:Imagine all the marketing info .... (1)

Malenx (1453851) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054522)

Not that I'm a skeptic ... but I believe there is an evil, ulterior motive.

0.o

YVR - it's already free! (2, Informative)

KPexEA (1030982) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054468)

Has been for a while now.

Re:YVR - it's already free! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30055758)

Too bad it isn't at YYZ Terminal 2 (the U.S. terminal).
Terminal 1 has free Wifi sort of.. you can steal a signal if you are close enough to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Club lounge.

Train stations (3, Insightful)

tirerim (1108567) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054632)

Great. Now how about some train stations to go with those airports? Boston South Station, New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station, and Washington Union Station would be a good start. Add Chicago Union Station and Los Angeles Union Station for those outside the Northeast Corridor.

Re:Train stations (1)

ThrowAwaySociety (1351793) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055608)

Great. Now how about some train stations to go with those airports? Boston South Station, New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station, and Washington Union Station would be a good start. Add Chicago Union Station and Los Angeles Union Station for those outside the Northeast Corridor.

Do train stations make you show up two hours early to get a front-row seat at the security theater, and then have you wait around for six hours because your train was delayed?

No?

Then why do you care?

Re:Train stations (1)

Temposs (787432) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055906)

Chicago Union Station actually does have free wifi (though it's pretty weak in the terminal area). For that matter, the Champaign-Urbana train station also has free wifi :-)

Anyone have a copy of the fine print? (1)

Zenki (31868) | more than 4 years ago | (#30054858)

Since this is google, they must have figured out a way to monetize this free offer. Are they going to profiling network usage? All HTTP requests?

Then again, they could have figured out that the good publicity was worth the cost.

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If only they'd announced this sooner (1, Troll)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055196)

If you haven't booked your flights yet, you want to factor this into your plans.

Sure I've have a week in South Africa in the national parks and game reserves and another in a luxury resort in Indonesia but I'm tempted to chuck the whole thing in for some free wi-fi.

"Factor this into your plans?" (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055348)

Okay, maybe I'm too old now and I need to turn in my geek card, but honestly...

Dec 24, 10:14 AM:
"Hey dad! I know I was going to fly out of Islip and save you driving into the city to drop me off, but I'm departing from La Guardia instead. They've got free wifi!"

Dec 24, 11:48 AM:
"WTB Run from Brookhaven to La Guardia. Paying well! Also, WTB Rectal Boot Retraction kit."

Fort Lauderdale has had free wifi (1)

vulcanrob (835984) | more than 4 years ago | (#30055618)

Fort Lauderdale has had free wifi for a long time, let's give them some credit along with Burbank...
FTL FTW!

I guess it's the sponsorship that counts. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30055694)

Entertainingly enough, Jacksonville (JAX) already has free WiFi [travelingoffice.net] . I guess Google is just sponsoring it for the holiday season, though.

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