When are airports gonna figure this out? If you have wireless Internet service available in your terminals, people actually will pay for it. How hard is that to figure out, really?
Murphy has struck again. I dropped off my rental car 2 hours before the scheduled departure of my flight (as advised), got to the airport 7 minutes later, went through security in 5, took the mini-train to my terminal, and found that my flight is departing at 5:48pm instead of 5:18pm.
That's wonderful. Now I'm stuck in the terminal for nearly two and a half hours with little to do. I don't have so much spare time as to make it worth going somewhere else, and without wireless I cannot catch up on the stuff I hoped to.
KisMac hasn't found any evidence of wireless, public or otherwise.
And don't even get me started by the phenomenal lack of power outlets. I'm sitting on the floor across from the airport Burger King because it's the only power I can find within 1,500 feet (no joke) of my gate. This means everyone walking by has to check out the guy typing some rant on his Powerbook with the iPod and N-Charge external battery pack charging.
Speaking of Burger King, the selection of food here is pretty awful. A bar, Burger King, and Cinnabon. That's it. Really. It's a good thing I had popcorn and a drink during the IMAX movie at the Kennedy Space Center a few hours ago. That was breakfast and lunch I suspect.
Making matters worse is that my connection in Dallas had originally allowed me about an hour. Guess what. Now it's about 30 minutes, assuming this flight leaves on time, encounters no delays getting to the runway, in flight, and landing in Dallas. To make it even more "amusing" my flight seems to be arriving at terminal C, while my flight from Dallas to San Jose is leaving from terminal A.
We have 30 minutes from landing to get to the gate, get off the plane (of course, I'm in the rear), get to the intra-terminal train, to my gate, and on the plane.
Anyone want to guess if both my luggage and I manage to make it?
Wait. Since there's no wireless here, I won't have time to post this before getting home. And since I'll be getting from gate to gate in Dallas, I can't post from there either.
New Travel Rule
In light of this and my trouble making a connections earlier, I've decided upon a new travel rule:
Never schedule flights that have a connection window of less than 90 minutes. Ever.
I'll have to be sure to pass that along to the professional travel agents at work (who booked this and many, many other flights). You'd think they're already be aware of the dangers in doing this, wouldn't you?
Yeah, so would I.
In the meantime, I guess I've got a tiny bit of e-mail to catch up on and a ton of people watching to do.
Yeay for me!!!
Later: I made it by 5 minutes... Time to post queued blog stuff.
Posted by jzawodn at April 18, 2004 11:23 PM