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Once the Apple Watch made its debut on the wrists of travelers, it was inevitable that things like gate information, flight updates, and other flight-related frills would all make an appearance via one airline app or another. But now it’s an airport that is going all-in with Apple's latest tech toy.
Per Airport World, this month Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) became the first airport in the world to start using the Apple Watch behind the scenes. The airport has connected the watch to its existing operations and information system, so now the watch can immediately offer duty managers real-time updates . Push notifications and alerts to staff are designed to keep everything on schedule and running according to plan: whether it comes to flight delays or airplanes fighting over a gate, every need-to-know issue will be delivered to a wrist so that it can be dealt with. Hopefully this will keep decision-makers in the know — and benefit all travelers as a result.
SITA, the airport management system that pushes these updates through an app it developed specially for YQB, is also in use at 150 airports in almost 50 countries. So it might not be long before other staffers in other airports are using Apple Watch like walkie-talkies. The next time you see an airport worker bee busily checking his or her wrist, know that they might be sending instructions — not emojis.
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Good news from the folks at Gogo: They’re taking their in-flight WiFi technology south of the border — like, way south.
Gogo is teaming up with GOL, a budget Brazilian airline, to install its next generation service — known as 2Ku — across the entire fleet. This is the first time in-flight broadband has been made available aboard a Brazilian airline, so we can only imagine this news will be very well received. In fact, not only will this bring in-flight WiFi, but there will also be the ability to access Gogo Vision and Gogo TV from each and every seat.
The only bummer? Things aren’t quite ready for launch, and the current timetable suggests this partnership will be up (in the air) and running in mid-2016. But while GOL guests are about a year away from in-flight web surfing, they can definitely start dreaming about the speeds: Gogo is promising peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps to the aircraft, which is about 20 times the bandwidth offered through its first-generation technology in the United States. Vroom!
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Drones: What are they good for? Spying on neighbors, mostly. Also for maiming Enrique Iglesias.
But now it looks like drones may have a new purpose: helping to maintain airplanes. And their accomplice in this task? The 3D printer.
Per Bloomberg, low cost carrier easyJet just announced they'll embrace some innovative technological approaches to help keep passengers and planes safe. The plan is for drones to check out planes on the ground as part of regular inspections and maintenance. If you think about it, it makes good sense—another eye on things from above certainly can’t hurt.
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Good news, if you're looking to save some digital dollars — or is that, electronic euros? — during your next trip to Spain. Soon you won't be paying anything at all to access airport Wi-Fi.
According to an article over at Salon, Spain's airport authority is about to flip the switch on for free Wi-Fi. By the end of 2015, they'll grant the magic of free and unlimited Wi-Fi at 46 airports across the country.
For the most part, you know what you’re getting when it comes to theme park technology. Roller coasters and rides in the dark are par for course, and occasionally you might find a slightly different, dazzling attraction thrown your way. ("Ooh, lasers!") However, what one park has planned for Utah might just be the next big thing in high-tech amusement park atmosphere, and it’s kind of creeping us out a bit.
Slated to open in 2016 is The Void, a virtual reality theme park where visitors will wear headsets that immerse them in convincingly rendered other worlds — when in actuality, guests are moving about in mostly-empty, reconfigurable 60x60-foot rooms. (We guess there’s a little bit of reality—the rooms—to the virtual reality.)
The Apple Watch has arrived, and airlines across the globe have been quick to update apps and software to take advantage of all the new features. Here's ten airlines already up and running with the latest and greatest in
· Fly Delta for Apple Watch allows you to keep track of your time to departure and arrival, as well as gate and baggage carousel information
· Any eBoarding passes that you save to Passbook will automatically be available on Apple Watch, so just scan your wrist at that gate and go
· Version 4.0.0 is here, and that brings support for Apple Watch
· Sounds like you need to swipe "Keep Me Logged In" on your phone, and then your wrist will show you everything from updates on upcoming trips and check-in to connecting gate and baggage claim information
· Your Apple Watch won't skip a beat when crossing the pond, as scheduled departure times, flight status, and weather at your destination are just a few of the features
· Gate change information should also update in real-time, so just check your watch every once in a while while waiting in line for an airport snack to stay up-to-date.
· United calls out a lot of perks and features, but they don't specifically make mention of all the Apple Watch goodies
· Check reservations and flight status right from the face of your watch
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Excited about going to Finland, but anxious about the social media disconnect during travel? Not a problem if you’re traveling aboard Finnair, as they are putting the pieces in place to ensure that WiFi is an option across their entire fleet.
Just don’t assume your next flight will have the up in the air connectivity, as initial reports sound like it’s going to take a little bit of time. Up first is the brandy new Airbus A350 which is scheduled to start doing its thing later this year. Eventually the A330s in the hangar will get the wires and transmitters, as well as some of the carrier’s short-haul airplanes—expect this at some point in 2016.
All in all we can expect the majority of Finnair’s planes to be doing the WiFi thing during 2018. When asked about the technology or provider behind the travel technology no real details were revealed, as apparently it’s still a little too early for that kind of info. We’ll keep you posted as to when they finally flip the switch, and of course when that first Finnair Airbus A350 takes to the skies.
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Automated passport kiosks aren’t anything new, and in fact they continue to pop up here, there, and everywhere to streamline the customs clearance process. Well now there’s another technology tidbit joining the process, as Custom and Border Protection is now offering up a mobile app to help keep things moving along.
Available in both Apple and Android flavors the Mobile Passport App helps you enter details in advance, and in theory will do its best to expedite your return back into the nifty fifty. Basically the app eliminates the need for some of the traditional forms, and you’ll be able to tap, swipe, and enter your passport information electronically.
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Wow—it’s been years and years since United first put WiFi on a muthafunking plane, but now that it's 2015, United is finally set to offer WiFI on their regional jet fleet. The cramped legroom and claustrophobic conditions will feel less so, as you’ll be tweeting, streaming, and posting from here to there.
Aircraft like the E170, E175, and CRJ700 will be heading into the hangar, as Gogo InFlight’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground is to be installed, hopefully by summer. Not only can travelers expect the usual WiFi offerings, but these planes—thankfully—will also score a slice of what United calls their “Personal Device Entertainment” giving access to movies, television, and other goodies right from your own mobile screen.
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If your electronics and mobile doodads aren’t behaving this holiday season there’s a new way to get things repaired and fix while on the go. Best Buy is sending their Geek Squad unit into the airport, as the brave women and men will be stationed at Chicago-O’Hare for the next few weeks.
When your phone just isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain make your way over to Terminal 3 near the Concourse H food court. There you’ll find the Geek Squad, and that’s where they will be providing tech support for free through December 23.
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Sometimes it seems like everyone around you has the newest, best smartphone, and soon that feeling will include all the flight attendants onboard United Airlines. The carrier just announced that they’re ordering a boatload Apple's freshest offering to aid with in-flight service efficiency.
United was sold on the awesomeness of these little—well, big—devices, as the carrier is bringing the iPhone 6 Plus to 23,000 flight attendants. It's not a holiday present, however; the iPhones will be used to record retail transactions and other purchases aboard flights. Access to corporate email, intranet sites, and even policies and manuals will also be accessed through the new phones. United is even ditching the traditional printed safety manuals, as everything will now be right on the screen.
You are a little braver—and maybe daring—than we are, as for the most part we will be staying put during the madness that is the Thanksgiving travel week. However, if you’re planning to be on the move this week there’s a few travel tech goodies that might just help the journey go that much more smoothly—or at least a little better.
The folks over at Verizon are getting into the holiday season, and by doing so they are giving away some stuff. It’s all part of a new holiday that they have basically made up, as apparently now the day before Thanksgiving will be known as Connection Day.