Holiday travel brings families together, but only after uncles, aunts and beloved cousins run the logistical gauntlet of delays, cancellations and long wait times in uncomfortable boarding area chairs.
The folks at Skype are now doing what they can to help make the long journey before the reunion a little easier for travelers. From December 21 through 27, the company will offer free Wi-Fi to fliers at more than 50 airports across the U.S. The airports participating in the holiday giveaway include New York's JFK and LaGuardia Airports, Boston's Logan Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare international.
Travelers will each be allotted an hour of free Internet access, allowing them to purchase last-minute gifts from online retailers, distract themselves from the frustrating minutiae of air travel (whoever designed the boarding area arm rest is getting coal for Christmas) or, more to the point, use Skype to tell their relatives that their flight has been delayed.
Skype is also encouraging people using its free service to tweet about it under the hashtag #freeskypewifi, as in: "Illegally downloading The Green Lantern so I don't have to watch Big Bang Theory #freeskypewifi."