Dulles is Dullest

I’m one of those frequent business travelers you read about, jetsetting about the country, sitting in coach (because my miles are never good enough to beat those super platinum jewel-encrusted elite members ahead of me in the rankings) and occupying airports for hours on end. The biggest question I have to ask though is: How is it that Dulles doesn’t have an airport wifi network? Baltimore has one. JFK, too. So does SMF and DFW and SFO and OAK and all of the other airports I’ve been in recently. Sure, some are for-pay, and some are free of charge, but how is it that one of the busiest airports on the east coast doesn’t have basic connectivity for their travelers? How is that an airport so close to MAE-EAST can’t even cobble together a DSL circuit and some access points?

3 Comments so far

  1. WFY (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 12:45 pm

    Dulles (and National) are federally owned, so draw your own conclusions.

  2. narni (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 1:28 pm

    i think part of the problem is who dictactes the wifi access at the airport — is the faa? the airlines? independent vendors?
    the aiport itself?

    i know most of united’s red carpet clubs (including dulles) have t-mobile, but doesn’t seem like that’s enough…

  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 3:02 pm

    It’s the airport itself, Narni, as with every other airport in the US. William points out that it’s owned by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, and he’s right, they’re the responsible party here. However, it’s a no-brainer to get this done.

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