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The end-of-the-year holidays are a time of tradition and ritual. The waiting on line at the airport. The flight getting delayed due to snow. And of course, the annual Thanksgiving vacation lost luggage.

To help alleviate that holiday travel-related stress, Google is giving a holiday present to every traveler who passes through 47 specially designated airports: free Wi-Fi.

From now through January 10th, Google will pay for the Internet access at a number of airports, including Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis and Charlotte (sorry, NYers, you’re SOL).

More than just a company promotion, Google hopes this deal will begin to acclimate people to ubiquitous Wi-Fi, one of the long-term goals of the company. In fact, to help spread free Wi-Fi everywhere, Google will keep Internet access in the Seattle and Burbank airports free indefinitely.

So whether you need to write an apology email for drunken antics during the holiday Christmas party, buy last-minute Hanukkah gifts on Amazon, or find hangover cures on January 2nd, thank uncle Google for the free hookup.

[via Google]