AirTran, Delta, and Virgin America all announced they will offer free wireless Internet access this holiday season. This is the second year in a row Virgin will offer free access for the entire holiday period. Last year, Delta offered free Wi-Fi for Thanksgiving only.
All three offers extend from November 20 to January 2, and all three are sponsored by Google Chrome. Last year, Google sponsored free Wi-Fi at various airports throughout the country.
With in-flight Wi-Fi still in its nascent stages, it seems reasonable to expect more airlines will follow suit. Most airlines are still working though the installation process, meaning many customers haven’t been exposed to in-flight Wi-Fi just yet. As for the passengers that have, well, let’s just say there hasn’t been a stampede to use the service. General estimates suggest only around 10 to 15 percent of travelers use it.
Readers, would you use in-flight wireless if it were free, or do you need a break from the computer/smartphone?