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October 14, 2010

HasWifi.com Tells Passengers Which Flights Have Internet Connectivity

By Beecher Tuttle, TMCnet Web Editor

In this technological era, a growing number of individuals spend the majority of their day online, whether they are behind a computer or on their mobile device. The ever-increasing demand for constant access to the Web has pushed service providers to create wireless networks that extend to the far reaches of the globe.

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In fact, many airlines now offer free or low-cost Wi-Fi service to customers who are flying domestically. Unfortunately for passengers who rely on having an Internet connection to get through a three- or four-hour trip, it is extremely difficult to know which flights have WiFi (News - Alert) and which don't -- until now.

Passengers who are tired of bringing their laptops on flights only to be disappointed in the lack of Internet connectivity should check out HasWifi.com. The extremely simple and intuitive site allows users to enter their flight information and immediately find out whether or not the plane will have access to the Web.

"We need to be connected all the time... even if that time happens to be at 30,000 feet," said founder Anthony Petito. "We're tired of being disappointed the plane we booked tickets for isn't wireless-Internet equipped and we hope you are, too."

Users can also link their account to Tripit and search for WiFi-enabled flights across multiple airlines. This way, airline customers won't have to enter one flight number at a time to check for available service. The website also includes a customer feedback section, allowing users to let each other know if an airline had incorrectly labeled a flight as WiFi-enabled.

As of today, HasWifi only offers information on six major airlines, although Petito is planning on expanding the service domestically and overseas, according to Tech Crunch. The startup is also building an API to hook up with travel sites like Expedia (News - Alert), making the process of looking for Internet-connected flights even easier.


Beecher Tuttle is a Web Editor for TMCnet. He has extensive experience writing and editing for print publications and online news websites. He has specialized in a variety of industries, including health care technology, politics and education. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf