Why I’m thankful for free wi-fi at PDX

I started writing this entry at the Tulsa International Airport on my way home from a business trip. When I powered up my laptop, I had my fingers crossed that I would be able to find free wi-fi to check my e-mail accounts before boarding my flight.

Alas, the only working wi-fi in range belonged to the airport and there was a fee attached. That’s when I became thankful for the free wi-fi available to passengers at PDX.

Over the past several months, I’ve traveled through many airports and there’s always a fee attached to logging on. I suppose I should be used to it by now but it’s still a shame that businessfolks and tourists alike aren’t able to connect for free considering we’re paying through the nose on food and beverages post-security check-in since the airlines cut those “perks” down to a 2oz bag of pretzels and a cup of soda.

While it may not seem like a big deal, those fees add up and considering I’m only in the airport for maybe two hours, usually less, paying $10 is a lot given the inability to transfer the remaining time/credit over to another airport or location. There’s also the assorted connection fees hotels charge for using their wi-fi.

Sure, I get reimbursed for these expenses, but I’m lucky as I’m sure most folks have to eat these costs as the price of doing business. Thus, the question becomes, can I wait to check my e-mail, or do I pull out my credit card?

4 Comments so far

  1. Brewcaster (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 8:35 am

    Tulsa is my hometown. You don’t get much of anything from that airport aside from the depression possibly a terrible feeling in your stomach.

  2. McAngryPants (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    If you travel on biz…and you have a Windows Mobile powered phone…AND your phone already has a data plan…you can do what I do is just set your phone to “modem” mode, directly connect it to your laptop and then BINGO you can surf using the cellular G3 (or Edge) network. And the speeds are pretty good (considering) d512/u128. I use this method a lot. The cons are that you can’t use your phone as a phone while it is a data modem. But for me it ain’t no big deal.

  3. Fat Barry (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    A handy guide for airport wifi service:


  4. Random Citizen (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    Thanks for that link, FB! It looks as if I’ll be pulling out my credit card a lot…

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