Archive for November, 2009

CNETs helps you navigate the Airports

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

CNET has launched a new travel website to help you at the Airports as you travel from one destination to another. Atlarge is in part a social networking environment where users can help each other find WiFi, restaurants, and more:

Free Wifi Holiday brought to you by several Airports and Virgin Airlines

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Free WIFI is available through January 15 on Virgin Airlines and at over 50 participating airports over the holidays.

As we’ve noted before, Airports like McCarran Las Vegas LAS and Portland Oregon PDX are wonderful to provide this great service to those of us who …. get bored in Airports and don’t appreciate paying $9.95 or more to simply surf aimlessly for an hour or (heaven forbid!) get some work done.

Air Travel Hit by Recession

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
The Herald Tribune of Sarasota has an LA Times report that Air Travel over the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be 4% lower than last year as the recession continues to take a toll on the travel sector.
They note that travelers are tending to stay at home or travel by car more than before.

WiFi in Flight Regulations may be hampering more rapid deployments

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

An article inĀ Travel Weekly reports that In Flight WiFi remains a very desirable amenity for travelers but is causing some headaches for carriers as they navigate the maze of regulations involved in WiFi enabling of commercial aircraft:

Passengers’ growing appetite for electronic gadgets and WiFi access is creating problems for airlines eager to sate that appetite. The challenge lies in enforcing myriad company policies and federal laws covering wireless communications.

The good news is that in-flight broadband is such a powerful amenity we are virtually certain to see it very fully deployed eventually.

As airlines test and equip their planes for in-flight WiFi, they have to figure out how to catch people using prohibited devices (or approved devices at the wrong time) with no practical means of detecting radio-based technologies that can operate out of sight in briefcases, carry-on bags or even pockets.