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Chicago Airport WiFi not Free

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I have to imagine nearly all traveling bloggers love free Wi-Fi, especially when enduring long hours in airport terminals.

I arrived at Chicago’s Midway Airport about an hour ago and was excited when I sat down and noticed a sign that read… Sign on to Wi-Fi (see photo below).

Chicago Airport WiFi not FreeAs you can see in the photo the sign says… Use the official network of Midway International which is followed by Secure SSID concourse

I mistakenly assumed the access would be free so I launched my Dell XPS and got ready to twitter some of my friends. Unfortunately when I got a WiFi signal there were over a dozen WAP protected access points,  and none were broadcasting an SSID. There was an SSID that read concourse and it didn’t use encryption. I logged onto it, only to get one of those pay for access screens that gave the option of buying several hours of Internet access, for a month of service in multiple locations. So much for my excitement.

Fortunately I recently purchased the Verizon LG Voyager and I had that along with me for my trip. That reminds me to get one of those shields to protect the screen. I pay an additional monthly fee to use broadband service through my phone, but it’s worth it.

Wondering what major airport terminals in the United States are providing true FREE WiFi access?