As I’ve been spending quite a lot more time in airports this year than I normally do, something that was a mild annoyance before has become even more annoying: wifi access.
It’s 2016. Time for all airports to just offer free wifi access with no pay gate, no time limit, and no annoying required account setup.
My home airport does this and it’s so nice to be able to open a browser, accept terms, and be on your way. Access is dead easy, speed is very good, and I never have to deal with losing my connection if I have to move to a different gate or concourse. It’s nice to be able to get some work done while waiting for my flight.
Contrast that with my layover experience in Dulles yesterday where the wifi was spotty, so I lost my connection when my gate changed, and the only network with a decent signal was Boingo, which gives you a whopping 30 minutes free and then pushes you to pay $4.95 per hour thereafter.
Waiting for a recent flight out of Frankfurt, the wifi was free but it required me to set up an account and then activate my access from a link sent to my email. That email account no doubt is now currently full of marketing spam (I have an address I use precisely for things like this so I am not bothered by the inevitable spam). I had similar issues while waiting for a flight out of Amsterdam yesterday.
Airports of the world: you can do better when it comes to wifi access. It’s time.