Google has partnered with gogo wifi to provide free inflight wifi to some Chromebook owners.
I don't know all the conditions but I know that it works on my Dell Chromebook 3.
Below is the screenshot to prove it.
The first time I tried it everything worked seamlessly. I opened my laptop connected to the network called gogoinflight and then I was informed that I was about to use 1 of my 12 available free passes.
But there was a problem.This was a two leg flight so on the second leg I expected it to just work, but it didn't
Instead I was greeted with a screen which required me to pay (ugh!).
So I went without wifi for the second leg.
Diagnosing the problemFlying back I was determined to figure out what was going on so I opened the chrome inspector and discovered that there were some cookies that persisted from my first trip, I don't know if this is a flaw in the implementation or just a fluke but it was preventing me from redeeming my free pass.
The fixBased on my understanding of the problem, I needed launch a session that had no memory of previous cookies, so I opened an incognito browser. Magically all the machinery worked as expected after that, I was prompted to redeem my second gogo wifi pass and I was able to connect to the internet.
So now my new approach is as follows:
- use an incognito window
- start by visiting an unencrypted site (no https://)
With those two things I was able to quickly get wifi on my second leg of my return trip.