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TRAVEL: The best and worst airport wifi


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I travel a lot – close to 100 legs and 90,000 miles in 2016. And with that comes the constant pursuit of outlets at airports to recharge my devices, which seem to be constantly running out of battery juice. Secondly, I'm always in search of good wifi, which can vary widely from airport to airport. I thought I would start this list. I'm adding dates to all new additions so if you find something to be outdated, just let me know. This is not official medical advice, etc. etc. These are in alphabetical order. But first, take a look at my actual airline travel in 2016, created with GCMapper.

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Atlanta International Airport

Easy and quick sign on. Free. Great performance. One of the better airport wifi systems. (Feb. 18, 2016)

Barcelona International

Use the Kubi network. Once connected, go to Internet Explorer to sign turn over your email and set to go. I also loved how I could connect via Twitter instead. (Nov. 24, 2016)

Berlin Tegel

Wifi sign in was super quick on the free wifi. The standard login screen popped up quickly. No problems with connectivity at all. Outlets in public areas are another issue however. Just about all gates have their invidiual checkpoints and once through them I didn't see a single outlet – at least at my gate. (June 30, 2017)

Bozeman Yellowstone International 

Free wifi connected right away but couldn't get it to work. Beautiful airport, though. Mountains all around. (Oct. 1, 2016)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Eastern Iowa Airport (CID)

Very spotty. I usually end up using my iPhone as a hotspot. The page to accept terms is not optimized for mobile. What year is this? Full disclosure: This is my home airport and overall it's nice and easy to travel through. Wifi could be better. It's free and there are no other time restrictions or anything like that. (Nov. 21, 2015)

Charlotte Douglass International (CLT)

As the signs around the airport promised,  wifi is free and unlimited. Once on the free wifi network, go to Boingo on your web browser to watch an ad for free access. Each session is 45 minutes and there's no limit. No problem on the phone. Quite slow on the laptop. (Oct. 3, 2016)


Chicago O'Hare International (ORD)

30 minutes of free wifi per device on the Boingo network. I would recommend staggering your devices. I usually use the laptop, then the iPhone, etc. You can get more time by paying. (Nov. 11, 2015).

I was told not to use the network that is called "Free ORD wifi."

Cleveland International Airport

Easy sign on. Policy screen popped right up. No major issues once on. Had to restart it once. (Feb. 16, 2016)

Columbus, Ohio, John Glenn Airport 

Easy to login. Good connection. No problems. (January 11, 2017)
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Watch a video or do something else commercially and get unlimited free wi-fi access. Fair enough. Has been kind of spotty here and there, but overall decent. I have ended up using my iPhone's data plan here before when it was too spotty. On mobile devices, they just allow you to click CONNECT and go online. (Nov. 11, 2015)

Detroit Metro Wayne County International Airport 

Free wifi up to 6 MBPS, unlimited. After connecting to "Detroit Airport wifi" open Safari and connect to the complimentary wifi or choose a faster option, which has a cost. It connected quickly for me on the iPhone but a fellow traveler who was using a Samsung phone, didn't get the connection page.

I did try to upload a photo to this post and that didn't work, though. Otherwise, it worked OK but was spotty after a while. (January 29, 2016)

Dubuque Regional Airport 

Easy connection. No sign-on screen. Connection worked great. (March 20, 2016)

 Düsseldorf International Airport (Germany)

Free 30-minute wifi. Easy signup. The login page asks for all kinds of information but it wasn't required to go online.

Business/first class travelers: Wifi in the Hugo Junkers Lounge was easy to get on, reliable and had no time limitation. (February 28, 2016)

Kansas City International Airport

Free wifi. Easy to connect.  No landing page — or meters.  Just got right on line.  Could receive and send email without incident.  Reasonable fast download times.Tried to watch a video from YouTube…buffered a bit.  Not ideal but doable. – Submitted by Drew McLellan (Feb. 2, 2016). Check out his marketing blog here.

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

Easy to get on. No problems while on at all. (Nov. 9, 2016)

London Heathrow International Airport

Sorry, I'm filing this on Nov. 21, 2015, and I flew through there a few weeks ago. I don't remember any issues or hassles and even did FaceTime with my girls in the United States. I called my mom via Skype, too.

Louisville International Airport  (Standiford Field)

No luck getting on the free wifi. (Dec. 2, 2015)

The Boingo network gives you 20 free minutes. Connect and then open your web browser to get started. Worked fine. (March 22, 2016)

Miami International Airport

Typical Boingo signup. No problem getting on and using 30 free minutes.

First, connect in SETTINGS to MIA-WIFI. Then open Safari and to go Boingo to start the connection. (July 18, 2016)

Montreal, Canada, International Airport

Free and unlimited but there's a signup form and you have to provide your email address and click the verification link emailed to you. Not a biggie, in my opinion. It took me a couple of times to get online, but once on the connection worked great. (March 27, 2017)

Mumbai, India, International Airport

Free wifi after you share your cell phone number. The system then sends a text with an access code, which you enter into the browser. Wifi mostly worked fine and I don't remember getting any other unrelated texts since. (Nov. 11, 2015)

New York JFK

No problem logging on. 30 minutes free. (Nov. 23, 2016)

New York LaGuardia

No problem getting on but a bit shaky using it. (Feb. 16, 2016)

Oklahoma City Will Rogers Airport 

No luck connecting at all. (Sept. 22, 2016)

Orlando International Airport

Likely one of the better wfi connections. Check the terms and conditions box, click login and that's it. I didn't experience any disruptions and was prompted to re-log in or something like that. Smooth surfing once logged in.

Peoria (Illinois) International Airport

Beautiful airport and wifi is easy to get onto. Unlimited. No login screen. Great and no connection speed problems. (Aug. 3, 2016)

Portland, Maine

Simply go to your Settings and connect to the free Wi-Fi. No further login screen required. Connection was great. The other thing that was notable was that on my outbound flight I was already connected and didn't have to reconnect. So that's super user-friendly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(July 26 and 30, 2017)

Greater Rochester Regional Airport (N.Y.)

The Frontier wifi worked great. Free, too. (Feb. 18, 2016)

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport 

Super easy wifi setup. Login, click accept and you are on. I streamed Pandora on the phone and worked on the laptop. It did time out after maybe an hour or two. But easy enough to get back on. A+. One of the better ones. (April 11, 2016)

San Diego International Airport

Wifi is free for 30 minutes once you watch an ad or download an app – like at many airports. Once I was online, it worked fine. No problems at all. (March 16, 2016)

Toronto International Airport

I was in Toronto in 2015 but it was some time before I started this page. Either way, I did use the wifi and remember no problems. And then I got this Tweet from Air Canada. Well done! (Jan. 7, 2016)

No luck getting it to work in 2016. (Oct. 13,2016)

Seattle-Tacoma Washington Airport

Easy to log into public wifi. No restrictions. Good connections. (Jan. 31, 2017)

Shanghai International Airport 

Visited in March 2016 and tried the wifi from two different business lounges. Both of them were very slow, and had trouble connecting to various websites – I chalk that up to the great firewall, but the speed was such molasses that it may have simply been timing out. I tried a VPN out of desperation to access these servers, but that also did not work. Not sure if a local 3G/4G/LTE SIM card would have better success – I tried my free t-mobile Internet and that didn't work well, either. (Submitted by Karl Becker)

Waterloo, Iowa, Regional Airport (ALO)

Easy login and no signup required. Worked great. (Sept. 7, 2016)

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Plenty of options and I got the Dulles Free Wifi and the att wifi to work just fine. Login experience was simple and quick as well. (Oct. 3, 2016)


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