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Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

New York City Airports Lag on Free Wi-Fi? Well — Yes and No…

“S everal months ago, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey promised it would make 30-minute free Wi-Fi sessions available at all three of its major airports — Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark — by fall of 2014”, according to this article written by Chris McGinnis of TravelSkills. “Some progress has been made, but the promise is still unfulfilled…”

He may be correct; but there is a secret pertaining to unlimited free access to the Internet at airports which offer Wi-Fi service offered by Boingo for which you pay. The process itself can be mildly frustrating, as you have to repeat it in order to continue should you power down your laptop computer, for example — but it is a minor irritant at best.

Usually included in the purchase of your airfare is a Passenger Facility Charge, which is a fee imposed by approved airports for the improvement of their facilities. You might also be charged fees imposed by the airport — such as an airport departure tax. In my opinion, access to Wi-Fi services at no additional charge at airports should be part of that fee which you are already paying.

I wanted to alert you to that aforementioned secret without calling attention to it in the headline of this article so that it does not get “fixed” before free Wi-Fi access to the Internet is indeed offered — which appears to be the trend at airports anyway, thankfully.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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