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We’ve all been there: you’re running around town all day, making phone calls, sending emails, taking full advantage of the mobility smartphones have given us. But with more features and ever-larger screens comes ever-decreasing battery life, and sooner rather than later you’re looking at a thin red sliver that’s left of what was a fully-charged device just hours ago.
Seeking refuge in a coffee shop, a hotel lobby, or crouching next to a random socket is one option, but this taxi we rode in Tokyo recently will literally keep you on the move, offering free charging for both iPhone and Android with a little Lichtenstein pop art-inspired imagery to go along with the despair you feel when “Please connect your charger” appears on your screen.
Those flying aboard JetBlue just might have an easier experience to look forward to, as the carrier is now in process of rolling out automatic check-in. That’s right—soon there'll be no need to line up at the airport or deal with things online in advance, as JetBlue will already have you sorted.
This update started last week, and boarding passes are now sent to passengers around 24 hours in advance of the flight. Printing them out the old fashioned way is an option, or travelers can certainly download a mobile boarding pass. This will certainly come in handy when you’re not near WiFi or a computer, or are rushing to the airport and concerned you’ll miss the deadline for check-in before your flight.
This week, EasyJet launched a service via its mobile app that will text customers step-by-step instructions throughout the process of boarding a flight. Using sensors placed throughout the airport, the app detects where a passenger is and sends call to action type information via text message.
For example, when a passenger approaches the boarding gate, they will receive a text message advising them to take out their boarding pass and, where appropriate, passport. The thought behind the service is that it will help reduce wait time caused by disorganized passengers.
We’ve seen electronic boarding passes and other unique ways to hop aboard your flight, and now Air France is adding their version of some newfangled technology to the boarding process.
The carrier’s new boarding business is all about near field communication—or NFC—as they’re partnering up with a local mobile provider to get the technology up and running. Basically passengers using Orange mobile smartphones will be able to touch here, tap there, and wave their device in order to make their way through the airport.
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From New York City to Atlanta, some of the busiest airports in the world are finally flipping the switch on complimentary WiFi. It's better late than never, and we’re glad airports are finally getting the message. Now that complimentary connections are continuing to expand, its time to welcome's yet another major airport to the club.
Leave your credit card digits in your wallet, as Frankfurt Airport is now offering unlimited free WiFi to passengers 24 hours a day. Previously WiFi was limited to 60 minutes, but now you’re free to continue your time wasting—or work emails—until it's time to board that flight.
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WiFi is scheduled to arrive is set to arrive at Nok Air sooner than later, and it sounds like Thaicom are the folks behind the in-flight Ku-band technology. Installations are moving quickly, and the system could be up and running as soon as this July or August. The plans are to start with six planes as soon as possible, and after that they’ll move into installations for 30 more.
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The creative and clever award has to go to the officials over at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, as they’ve taken something useless and turned it into something useful. We all know that payphones have now become part of history, but that does leave banks of telephones that need to be turned into something else.
That’s where the airport comes into things, as they’ve taken the pay phone spaces and turned them into charging stations for all your mobile devices. All in all three pay phone spots have been transformed at the airport, and that means less need to crouch on the floor trying to find an outlet over here or over there.
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to travelers who've shelled out for Global Entry, but a better option is quickly gaining popularity at major US airports...and it's free to use.
The automated passport kiosk allows travelers arriving from international lights to quickly enter their details, snap a photo, receive a stamp, and continue on their merry way into baggage claim; this is as opposed to waiting in a long line to see an agent for the usual passport review and stamp.
We first experienced the smooth and snappy process back in October, and fell in love with it. It seems that airports and fellow flyers echo our feelings, as over 10 airports have added the machines, with more to come:
We’ve been enjoying the wonders of in-flight WiFi for a few years now, but unfortunately those travelers doing their thing in the skies above Europe have not had the same pleasure. Thankfully it looks like things are about to change, as there are plans to flip the switch on some new—and speedy—in-flight connectivity across the pond.
Inmarsat is the company behind the new travel technology, and it sounds like their aiming to have things up and running by the end of 2016. Connections will have speeds in the 4G range, so things should be improved when compared to what we have here at home. All in all setting up the network should cost around $550 million, and that includes new satellites, new towers, and other bits and pieces related to the transmission process.
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Finding free Wifi and avoiding high-priced connectivity fees have long been a challenge for travelers to Japan, but a solution is in the works as the Japanese government is currently trialing a program designed to provide foreign visitors with free public Wi-Fi.
The plan is to make it real easy on visitors by issuing them a Wifi card with a user name and password to access the system. When you arrive at the airport, there will be a counter at which you present your passport to get a wifi card. This counter has yet to become permanent in many airports, so be sure to ask where it is when you arrive. There are also locations within the cities, such as department stores, that can issue the cards.
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We try our best not to pick on one airline, but let’s just say that there are airlines up with the latest in technology and then there are carriers like Southwest. Thankfully they’ve slowly but surely been catching up with what some of the other guys have to offer, as there’s now even WiFi aboard plenty of their flights. Now they’re finally pitching the paper and going electronic, as mobile boarding passes are finally an option across pretty much all of their flights.
Domestic flights to here and to there are now all offering up mobile boarding passes, so that’s good to know when you’re running late and still have to ditch the rental car back at the garage. It all arrives as part of an upgrade to their mobile app, as now goodies like itineraries, flight status updates, and your gate number can be accessed with just a tap or a swipe.
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The first thing we thought of was finally, and we hope that you’re thinking the same. It’s been a long time coming, but just the other day the gods of complimentary connectivity paid a visit to the terminals and concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Free WiFi is now a thing for one and all at the world’s busiest airport, and that means you can quickly and easily complain about your Delta delays without wasting your monthly data allotment.