In addition, travelers can continue to spread the holiday cheer. If you log on to the networks in any of the participating airports, you will have the option to make a donation to Engineers Without Borders, the One Economy Corporation or the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. To boot, Google will match the donations up to $250,000. Note that you don't need to make a donation to use the Wi-Fi.
Google says they're doing this "to make the holiday travel crush a little easier and more pleasant." The search giant struck a similar deal with Virgin America earlier this year, providing passengers with free in-flight Internet access during the same time period.
Before you use one of Google's free Wi-Fi hotspots to make a charitable donation, or conduct any other transaction potentially involving sensitive personal information, make sure you've taken the necessary steps to secure your laptop. To that end, PC World runs down a list of precautions you should take to protect yourself and your data if you're going to use Google's airport Wi-Fi (or any other public hotspots, for that matter.) It's a good, quick read that's well worth your time.