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Flight and hotel search engine Hipmunk updated its search results with wireless internet indicators on Tuesday, allowing prospective passengers to choose a flight with Wi-Fi on-board before they book.

Wireless availability is indicated by a small icon on each entry, with no need for additional clicks or searches. These indicators don’t necessarily mean that connecting is free however, as that is determined by the flight operators.

In a blog post announcing the feature, the Hipmunk team said:

At Hipmunk, we’re travel nerds, but we’re also nerd nerds. That means we like the Internet, especially on our flights. We’ve heard that many of you like wi-fi on your planes, too—either when you’re traveling for work or when you just need some quality Facebook time. So we decided to build Wi-Fi right into our flight search results.

Hipmunk are also currently teaming up with in-flight wireless provider Gogo to dish out around 100 free in-flight wireless codes via their Twitter and Facebook pages.

The blog entry stated:

We’ll be asking our fans and followers how they surf the web 35,000 feet in the air. Tell us at any point this week and be entered for your chance to win free wireless, courtesy of Hipmunk and Gogo.

Source: Hipmunk Blog

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  1. EMRStop
    August 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Thanks for that Hipmunk--I'll use the feature to avoid the wi-fi. Isn't it enough already that we are bombarded on a flight by ionizing radiation from the altitude/atmosphere, and likely getting a good dose of high frequency pulse radiation from the radar systems on board a plane? Not to mention low frequency fields from the zillions of cabling harnesses running all around. God, yet another incredibly toxic environment to negotiate.   

  2. Albeepd
    July 2, 2011 at 5:27 am

    But can they find planes with scorpions? Huh? Can they? Huh?

    • Aibek
      July 7, 2011 at 5:58 am

      It would be really cool if they could find such planes )