Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Airport Lounge WiFi

On our recent trip back from the US our flight was delayed for quite a while due to high winds in San Francisco. As a result, we spent a few hours chilling in the United Red Carpet Club. My daughter is becoming well versed in these things and is always bummed when we're stuck in a T-Mobile hotspot. She knows that we're not going to be able to get on the Internet when it's T-Mobile. It just irks me to pay for wifi service, especially at the Red Carpet Club since I've already paid for membership. It seems like an insult that they don't have free WiFi. Even the $10 a night hotels in Vietnam include free wifi!

While in the lounge I overheard the guy behind me saying that he got a prepaid card for Internet access. I decided to give it a try. I went back up to the desk and asked for complimentary wifi access. The United employee manning the desk was happy to give me a one day prepaid card. He even gave me one for my daughter. She decided to keep hers for next time. I was about to use mine when, after a three hour delay, they called our flight. Luckily I hadn't activated my prepaid card.

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