Google wants to lend you a free Chromebook for your next flight

If you ever considered taking a Google Chromebook for a spin, you might want to book your next flight on Virgin America. Starting today and going through September, Google is lending out Chromebooks to anyone who wants one on certain Virgin routes, and they'll even throw in free inflight Wi-Fi.

That last feature is pretty important because the Chromebook relies on cloud support for many of its features, and you won't be able to do much without an Internet connection.

To get you up to speed, Google has set up Chrome Zone lounges where you can get comfortable with your loaner before boarding the plane, with Google staff on hand to help as needed. They do require a credit card deposit just in case you run off with the Chromebook at the other end, although I expect they would be happy to sell you one if happen to fall in love with it at 35,000 feet.

Currently, the Chromebooks are being offered on flights between San Francisco, Chicago O'Hare, Boston, and Dallas-Fort Worth, and they are also offering a similar but land based loaner program at the Ace Hotel in New York City.

Virgin America, via TechCrunch

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