How to get Free Wifi in Airports

A few weeks back I came across an article on how to get free wifi at airports. Knowing I was going to be flying soon I bookmarked it. how to get free wifi in airportsSmart idea, as luck would have it, this little travel hack seemed to work at the Regina Airport. As many of you know, Airport Wifi will cost you an arm and a leg, and is usually not worth it. However, if you are traveling with a laptop, then you might want to to give this a try. As you may know, when you’re connected to airport wifi, your browser (IE, Firefox, Safari, etc) will display a login page / payment page for whichever company is providing the wireless. In my case it was “Boingo”, telling me to login to my account or insert some credit card details in order to be charged a horendous amount for a few minutes of surfing. No matter how many pages you try going to, Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, you name it, it redirects you to “their” page. According to the hack if you add ?.jpeg at the end of any URL you may be able to bypass the wifi’s security. So rather than just typing “”, one would try ““. Tada! Internet!

I understand some of you may see this as stealing. I however don’t. So give it a go, you know you want to…

Read the original article here


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12 Responses to “How to get Free Wifi in Airports”

  1. Dave and Deb
    September 8, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    Thanks for the info. We are flying on Wednesday to Alberta and will give it a try.

    • Corbin
      September 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

      @Dave & Deb – Best of luck getting it to work. There are apparently a few other ways to score free internet. Including using proxies, however, I think that involves a lot of work. Safe flight!

  2. Daniel
    September 16, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    This is awesome advice — now that we’ve picked up a netbook, we’ll have a chance to give it a go!
    .-= Daniel´s last blog ..Round the world in 29 days? No thanks! =-.

  3. Dave and Deb
    September 18, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    Tried it in Pearson in Toronto, didn’t work. Bummer.
    .-= Dave and Deb´s last blog ..Trekking the Athabasca Glacier on our Rocky Mountain Adventure Drive =-.

    • Daniel
      September 18, 2009 at 4:28 am #

      Pearson, eh! I will wring free wifi out of your terminals yet!
      .-= Daniel´s last blog ..Snap de la semaine: Thai Buddha, Bangkok =-.

    • Corbin
      September 18, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

      @Dave & Deb – Yea I had my older brother give it a go in Winnipeg, no luck there either. I’ve poked around with a few free programs that will create proxies and allow you in that way. Seems like a lot of work though just for free wifi. I’ve read somewhere that just calling the toll free number is sometimes enough to get a free 15 minute trial. Which in emergencies might be all you need. Wifi should be free at public places that large.

      @Daniel – Haha, best of luck wringing free wifi out of terminals, remember to wring with your knees, not with your back.

  4. Hostelio
    December 7, 2009 at 2:53 am #

    Thats a great trick. I will definitely try it, hope it works.

    In the original article, the author also mentioned an easier way to automatically add .jpg to the links. With such a script it would be a crime not to use the free wifi.

    “I downloaded Greasemonkey and wrote a 4 line script that would add ?.jpg to every link in a document.”
    .-= Hostelio´s last blog ..The Factory Lofts Suites Deluxe =-.

  5. tempo dulu
    February 18, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    Nice tip, but i’m usually in too much of a rush at airports!
    .-= tempo dulu´s last blog ..Ngurah Rai International: one of the world’s ugliest airports? =-.

    • Corbin
      February 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

      I know that feeling. I’ve been getting better lately though. I aim for at least an hour and a half before the flight. Had a few too many close calls to keep that up.

  6. Thailand Hotels blog
    September 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    I wonder if this tip will work at other places and not just airports? I don’t really see why not.

    I found when staying at some hotels, the wifi that other guests are paying for is sometimes strong enough to seep through the walls and you can leech that :)
    .-= Thailand Hotels blog´s last blog ..8 Bangkok Pet Friendly Hotels =-.

  7. The Travel Enthusiast
    May 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm #


    I don’t think this is working any more – from an IT perspective it takes no time to fix this bug; I think it comes down to a regular expression what is not defined as it should.
    The idea is that images should not be blocked, but the pattern should run only on the requested URL w/o the parameters (after the “?” sign).. so, again, I’m more than sure this is already fixed (however I’ll give it a try on my next trip ;-) ).

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