Thursday, May 23, 2013

Another Scam

Travelers at O'Hare and Midway airport have access to free Wi-Fi, but only a few dozen websites.

The Chicago Department of Aviation and Boingo, the airports' Wi-Fi provider, have inked a deal that allows free access to more than 30 websites offering news, weather, shopping, banking and travel information. Visitors can access these sites through a "Good Stuff" portal.

Free websites include those for American, United, Delta and Southwest Airlines, but not some international carriers that operate out of O'Hare. Wi-Fi access is free to Chicago-based but not larger travel site Popular social media sites such as Facebook or email access are also excluded.

Fliers pay $6.95 a day for full Internet access at both Chicago airports, and the 24-hour pass can be used at select airports in the U.S. and overseas during that period.

U.S. airports are all over the map when on Wi-Fi, with costs and speeds varying widely. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, the only one in the country busier than O'Hare, has a set-up similar to Chicago's new model. Passengers get handful of sites free and pay $4.95 to get full access.
Airport Internet speeds range from those that allow one to do little more than check email to downloading TV shows or movies. Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino said in a statement that O'Hare and Midway have one of the fastest Wi-Fi networks in the country. | Twitter: @SamWillTravel

Maybe someone should take a closer look at the Boingo contract.


  1. Anonymous5/23/2013

    Emmanuel is the mayor of scam.

  2. Anonymous5/24/2013

    Rep Hurley votes yes to concealed carry. WTF?

  3. Good for Hurley CC is good.