I recently wrote about Wifi onboard Delta and Air Canada and thought I could provide a quick guide on accessing Wifi at JFK Airport. If you have a layover at JFK due to cancellation or just a long connecting flight, having internet access can be a great way to stay connected and get some work done.

Is there Wifi at JFK Airport?

Yes, there is Wifi at JFK Airport. This Wifi is available for anyone to connect to and it’s free. You don’t even need to enter a username or password! All you need to do is open your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and select the “_Free JFK WiFi” option on the recognized networks that your device shows you.

Passengers, personnel, contractors, and visitors alike can all access the free WiFi offered at this iconic airport in any of its public areas – be it boarding gates, food courts, or ticket counters as well as designated workstations.

JetBlue’s Terminal 5 in JFK was previously the only area with complimentary, high-speed internet for visitors. The other terminals were equipped with Boingo: a service that provided thirty minutes of free access before requiring payment and tended to be slow. Fortunately, this system now expands coverage to all parts of the four airports listed above – finally providing travelers with an enjoyable experience!

Is the Wifi at JFK Free?

Yes, the Wifi at JFK is completely free to use. You do not need to provide your credit card information or even enter a username or password. All you need to do is select the “_Free JFK WiFi” option on your recognized networks that your device shows you and you’ll be connected in no time.

This free internet wasn’t always the case.

Up until late 2018, all visitors to the New York Airport who sought WiFi access were required to pay a fee after their complimentary 30 minutes expired. Boingo, the airport’s trusted WiFi provider, ensured that paid service was available in most terminals – with some notable exceptions; JetBlue’s terminal 5 extended free WiFi usage as an inviting perk for its passengers.

JFK Airport’s Terminal 6 in Jamaica, Queens is the place to be if you’re looking for free Wi-Fi access. Ranked number 8 on the Top 20 USA Airports Wi-Fi guide, JetBlue Airways offers no-cost internet service from this terminal alone! Other terminals are serviced by Concourse or Boingo at a charge of $7.95 and an additional fee of $0.12/min can be found in British Airways Lounges. JetBlue Terminal 6 provides complimentary wifi for everyone – making it your go-to destination for online connection needs when traveling through JFK Airport!

JetBlue customers at JFK Terminal 6 can now stay connected at no cost to them! Just look for a sign indicating the JetBlue wireless hotspot, then set your SSID to “default” or “any”, accept the Terms & Conditions, and you will be instantly rerouted to jetblue.com where you are free to access the internet. Emailing colleagues, checking corporate networks, and general web surfing – all made possible by JetBlue’s new complimentary WiFi hotspots in Terminal 6!

Free Wifi Introduced at JFK:

October 2018 marked a momentous occasion for air travelers, with the Port Authority airports announcing that it was going to start offering complimentary and unlimited access to high-speed Wi-Fi. John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA) and New York Stewart International (SWF) airports were all included in this innovative user experience as part of their ongoing commitment to superior customer service – especially pertinent during the record passenger volumes.

Read the entire press release here.

Unlimited internet is offered by Port Authority at JFK

In October 2019, PANYNJ announced the elimination of their paid internet packages and the introduction of a new high-speed Wi-Fi service. This service offers higher speeds – starting at 20 Megabits per second (Mbps) and up to 50 Mbps with two simple clicks! Passengers can now take advantage of four whole hours’ worth of free access to this blazingly fast connection each day – an amazing offer for travelers.

Before introducing the free wifi service, PANYNJ did a survey that revealed several passengers voicing their strong desire for free high-speed Wi-Fi in the airport. This demand comes at a time when more flyers than ever before are passing through Port Authority airports; according to the first half of 2018 records, over 66.5 million people flew with us – an impressive 4.3% growth from 2017! To meet our customer’s needs and exceed expectations, Port Authority which manages JFK resolved to provide them with fast and reliable internet service as soon as possible.

When I checked again in late 2022 whether the 4-hour limit is still in place, I was glad to see that the policy has been slightly modified to allow free unlimited access with no time limit. If you have a long layover or are spending the night at JFK, you can now enjoy unlimited free wifi to stay connected.

Wifi Instructions: How to connect:

On either an iOS or Android device, scan to check the available network when you are in any of JFK’s terminals and select “_FreeJFKWiFi”

For Android, follow these steps;

  • Go to your device’s WiFi settings.
  • Activate WiFi.
  • Select and join the “_Free JFK WiFi” network.
  • On the prompted tab, click on “Free Unlimited WiFi.”
  • Enjoy your unlimited WiFi.

For iOS devices, follow these steps;

  • Go to your device settings from the home screen.
  • Tap on the WiFi bar to activate.
  • Choose the SSID “_Free JFK WiFi” from the listed options
  • Join and enjoy your WiFi.

For Windows devices, follow these steps to connect;

  • Head to Windows Control Panel.
  • Find “Network & Internet” and tap on it.
  • Select to set up a new connection/network.
  • Click “manually connect to a wireless network.”
  • Input the SSID “_Free JFK WiFi” as the network name.
  • Click on “WPA2-Personal” as a security type.
  • Tap “start this connection automatically.”
  • Click on the “Next” tab.
  • Enjoy your WiFi.

On your Mac, follow these steps;

  • Tap WiFi on the bar menu.
  • Search for the “_Free JFK WiFi” network.
  • Join the network.
  • Enjoy.

Which lounges have Wifi at JFK?

  • British Airways Lounge on Terminal 8
  • Etihad Lounge.
  • JetBlue Lounge – no passwords required.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club.
  • Wingtips Lounge.

You can also call the support helpline; at 1-800-880-4117 if you are struggling to get connected.

Back when they launched the service, PANYNJ launched a site FreeJFKwifi.com.

Passwords to Acces Free JFK Wifi

AirlinesNetwork NamePassword
British Airways(IATA:BA)British Airways Loungebudapest
Etihad Airways(IATA:EY) (Terminal 4)Etihad Loungeetihadjfk
Delta Air Lines (IATA:DL)Delta Sky Clubhappy
JetBlue (IATA: B6)JetBlue HotspotNo Password
American Airlines(IATA:AA)Admirals ClubHouston2017
N/AWingtip LoungeWingtipS
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