Logan's Runoff

Logan WiFi access at the airport remains a closed shop

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

October 13, 2006

1 Min Read
Logan's Runoff

2:00 PM -- Despite efforts to allow competitive WiFi hotspots to open up at Boston's Logan airport the message to the humble traveler appears to remain: "My way, or no superhighway." (See FCC to Logan: You're Grounded.)

I tried to log on at Logan on my way back to NYC after WiMax World but the "Loganwifi" 802.11 network sent me to me to a splash screen that demanded $7.95 before I got to check my email. Take my credit card details? Over what the Windows XP WiFi connectivity manager says is an "unsecured wireless network." Not bloody likely! Especially considering what I'd just spent on food and drink at the airport.

There were two other WiFi connections visible in the area but one looked to be another hapless jetsetter trying to get connected and the other promised "Free Public WiFi" over an unsecured computer-to-computer connection. I decided not to chance this one despite my desire to get to my email.

What a contrast it all is to the JetBlue terminal in JFK. There you can get instantly connected over a free hotspot from the airline, which has also made good on its promise to deliver satellite radio on its flights.

Somebody should explain to the authorities at Logan that people are happy to spend more time at the airport if they get free WiFi. In fact, they might even spend more on the unexciting food and drink options.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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