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Traveling anytime is stressful, but especially during the frantic holidays. Many of us are trying to finish last-minute deadlines and need those few minutes before boarding to get that report done. Thankfully, most of the major airports in the country offer free WiFi for business and travel needs, ex. LAX, SFO, and all the D.C. airports. Shockingly, there are plenty of big city airports that still charge for the service. Let us shame them:
Austin is a bubbling tech hub, but still only gives you 90 minutes of free WiFi. What about those poor saps waiting for a delayed flight? Come on Austin, break the WiFi shackles.
Chicago's Midway and O'Hare
Yes, some of the busiest airports in the world still make you pay a hefty seven bucks to check email on your laptop (or 20 minutes of free service; pitiful). Mayor Rahm, this is unacceptable.
Most people go to Hawaii to relax, but this airport is a major nexus that should provide free WiFi to the millions who stream through its terminals (they offer up a Japanese garden, for crying out loud). Instead, travelers are forced to pay seven bucks for two hours. Not very welcoming.
Another huge airport and major hub without free WiFi. Shame Miami! You can get some travel sites for free, but not much else. Otherwise, it's eight bucks for 24 hours.
New York/New Jersey's JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty
Um, really NYC? All three airports operated the NY/NJ Port Authority charge five buck an hour for WiFi, or eight bucks for a day of service. New York is the financial center of the world... we're at a loss.
Metropolitan Oakland International
Everyone knows San Francisco airport is the crowning glory of West Coast airports, so we're not surprised Oakland Int'l only gives travelers 45 minutes of free WiFi. There are certainly worse WiFi cases (see above), but Oakland is a short drive from the HQs of Facebook and Google; it's weird they don't offer it for free.
Lambert-St. Louis International
No one's accusing St. Louis of becoming the next Silicon Valley, but this is awful. The airport charges eight bucks for 24 hours of service; not even 10 or 20 minutes of free internet. Boo.