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