Free in-flight Wi-Fi this holiday season, courtesy of Google Chrome

Last year, in trying to keep up with their "do no evil" mantra, Google offered free Wi-Fi to Virgin America travelers during the holiday season. This year, Google is doing it again, but this time, in the name of promoting their steadily growing web browser. They're also one-upping themselves with how widely the service will be available. Between November 20th, 2010 and January 2nd, 2011, all AirTran, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic domestic flights will offer free Gogo Wi-Fi, courtesy of Google Chrome.

"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 www.freeholidaywifi.com. 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."

Last year, many conspiracy theorists suspected that Google was offering free Wi-Fi in order to collect sensitive data from users travelling through the country. Hopefully, this year, Google's obvious push for users to download and use Google Chrome will satiate the imaginations of those same bloggers. By advertising their speedy browser alongside free Wi-Fi, you can rest assured that Google will pick up a few users over this busy holiday travel season.

Regardless of Google's intentions, users are sure to enjoy their free in-flight Wi-Fi. This may even help the partner airlines get a few extra flyers as well.

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They should only allow you to browse using Google Chrome, and autoredirect all other browsers to the Chrome download page

Ambroos said,
They should only allow you to browse using Google Chrome, and autoredirect all other browsers to the Chrome download page

User agent switcher to the rescue!

omnicoder said,

User agent switcher to the rescue!

Seeing as how most people won't know what that is, Chrome would most definitely be downloaded. I think it would be a great idea for Chrome to be required. And I don't even use Chrome.

hurray for free stuff! During a flight is the best time ever to capture peoples attention because everyone is so freaking bored.