Free Airport Wi-Fi? Not in Hawaii, Bro'


Recently, I found myself stuck for several hours in an airport that had no Wi-Fi–not even any paid option for Wi-Fi. These types of airports are getting more scarce, and you can establish that with one of my favorite travel convenience sites: I’ve written about useful sites to know about if you’re a heavy traveler before. The good thing about TravelPost is that it does a thorough job of letting you know what your Wi-Fi options will be like in most airports.

TravelPost not only singles out the airports where you’re out of luck trying to get any Wi-Fi, but it details the paid options you can seek out if you see fit. Many web workers have come to think of hotspots as always free, but there are actually advantages to some of the low-cost paid Wi-Fi options.

If you look down the listings of airports at, notice that you’ll see many airports listing hourly and daily prices for paid Wi-Fi access, along with the service provider for the fee-based access. As you’ll see if you take a look at this, Boingo shows up frequently as one of the fee-based providers.

I’ve used Boingo in the past when I traveled frequently, and it can be a great convenience. If you travel a lot, you can pay $21.95 a month as a subscription fee for unlimited access to hotspots in countless airports, hotels, retail outlets and other locations. These hotspots are also more dependable and more secure than your average free hotspot.

TravelPost can also be entertaining for determining where the most anti-Wi-Fi airports are found. Hawaii looks to be, to quote John McEnroe, “the pits of the world” for any form of Wi-Fi in the airport–paid or unpaid. The airports at Kona, Lanai, and Lihue (Kauai) are all completely devoid of Wi-Fi.

There are still many airports where you have no choice other than paid Wi-Fi, as found at very busy and very hoity-toity John Wayne airport in Orange County, California. That’s ridiculous. No major airport in California, home of Silicon Valley, should not offer free Wi-Fi.

Do you have any airport Wi-Fi horror stories?

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