When Paid Airport WiFi Goes Too Far
Did you know that Düsseldorf International Airport is Germany's third largest airport, after Frankfurt and Munich? It even beats Berlin (for now)! Did you maybe also know that the New York area has a direct flight to Düsseldorf, from Newark-Liberty, on Lufthansa? Well, they do and we just hopped off of it less less than 12 hours ago.
This isn't our first time through DUS, but it is the first time we've bothered at all to log into the airport's WiFi, run by Vodafone. Warning: it isn't free. Warning part deux: it's the opposite of freeit's pretty expensive!
Yes, this is Europe and there's extra little charges to be found on everything, but Düsseldorf fancies itself a forward-thinking airport and its key traveling demographic is the on-the-go businessmen who need to be connected whenever/wherever possible. Perhaps this is why Vodafone believe it can squeeze 5.95 EUR ($7.50) out of travelers for just 30 minutes of WiFi use.
Now, we totally pay for airport WiFi just to get in those key Foursquare checkins, see who tweeted us while we were flying and load up a map of our current location, but $7.50 for 30 minutes is hefty. The last we can remember is paying close to $3 for 30 minutes at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International.
Would you pay the price for those precious minutes, whatever the price? Or are you X-ing out of the window the moment a pay wall hits?