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Which airports have the fastest free Wi-Fi in North America?

If you can’t make it through a long layover without logging on to Netflix or Twitter, consider making your stop at one of the airports with the fastest free Wi-Fi in the US and Canada.

These are the airports with the best free Wi-Fi. Image by chabybucko/Getty Images

Ookla, a network testing company, released a new report that ranks airports around the continent based on internet speed. Overall, the Pacific Northwest swept the top of the list, with Seattle-Tacoma International taking first place, followed by Denver International, Calgary International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and San Francisco International. Travellers heading through Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, Toronto Pearson International and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International may want to bring a book, as those airports have the slowest speeds.

The company ran tests between January and April 2018 on the free Wi-Fi networks. This year, Seattle beat out Denver, which held the title for the past two years. Seattle also beat out the global winners from last year, which includes Gold Coast Airport in Australia, Congonhas-SaÞo Paulo Airport in Brazil, Dubai International, Seoul Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia and Mohammed V International Airport in Morocco.

But even if you know you can live without the internet, it is a big consideration for business travellers. “Nothing improves a traveller’s trip quite like reliably fast Wi-Fi can,” said Ookla Co-founder Doug Suttles in a statement. “What our comprehensive analysis shows is that surprisingly only a few airports across the US and Canada have recognized just what an impact this can have. Wi-Fi speed can make all the difference for the business traveller finalizing a presentation or a family downloading videos to keep their kids occupied.”

If you want to make sure you can find some Wi-Fi on your next trip, check out this map that collects Wi-Fi passwords at airports around the world.

The fastest Wi-Fi around the world. Image by Ookla