Hipmunk to unveil in-flight Wi-Fi indicator
Hipmunk is about to take the agony out of determining whether your flight has Wi-Fi.
In a couple of days, on June 28, Hipmunk will start marking the flight bar in search results with a Wi-Fi icon, making it readily apparent if your flight has in-flight Wi-Fi.
Here’s the icon, which Hipmunk posted on its Facebook page, with the status update: “What does this mean, Hipmunks?”
Well, it means in-flight Wi-Fi.
Building on Hipmunk’s Facebook tease, Tnooz node Graham Robertson figured it all out in his Project: Wander blog.
And, Hipmunk confirmed to Tnooz that the Wi-Fi indicator would be launching Tuesday.
“We’re so excited for this to go live because it aligns well with our mission of providing travelers with the best flight options and trade-offs up- front in the search results,” says Hipmunk spokeswoman Jacqueline Tanzella.
Indicating which flights have Wi-Fi is hardly revolutionary.
Kayak has been doing it for years. When users check the “Wi-Fi available” filter on the left side of the Kayak search results page, Kayak places a Wi-Fi logo alongside relevant flights.
Mobissimo, too, announced in 2009 that it added a Wi-Fi icon to flights with Wi-Fi, and the icon appears underneath these flights in search results.
I haven’t yet seen the Hipmunk implementation of the Wi-Fi icon, but the company appears to be placing the feature front and center.
The Wi-Fi icon will not immediately appear in Hipmunk’s iPhone and iPad apps, but that is in the works.
Dennis Schaal was North American editor for Tnooz.