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Minneapolis/St Paul Airport Complaint - Charge for internet service is terrible.

Review by Sheri9 on 2009-09-15
ST. PAUL, MN 55111 -- Hello,

My family lives in a small town in Wisconsin and we have to fly through the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport to go anywhere. We are often stranded there for hours. I was very upset to learn on Friday September 11, 2009 that the airport charges to use their wi fi services. In every other airport I've ever been in this is a courtesy they offer. I think they are taking advantage of people by charging them to go online. I have used my computer in airports to book motels and rental cars online many times. Beware of this unresonsible charge and avoid this airport at all costs.
Comments:11 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-09-16
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-15:
http://www.travelpost.com/airport-wireless-internet.aspx

If you check the above site, you'll notice the MSP airport is pretty inexpensive compared to other "pay for wifi" airports. There are alot of free wifi airports but you'd think they all should be with the $4.50 each airport collects from each traveler for the privilege to use their wonderful facilities. Also noticing that just about all the large airports charge with exception of very few. What a ripoff!!
Posted by dan gordon on 2009-09-15:
yes I'm sure being charged for internet service will deter many travelers from routing themselves thru theis horrid airport.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-09-15:
I take it the OP doesn't fly much.

Every airport I've ever seen charges for wifi.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-15:
PE...paste that link I provided. Lots and lots of airports have free wifi, very much to my surprise.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-09-16:
ah, but mostly it seems to be the smaller ones.

the ones i use to go through on the way to and from my commands were pretty much always pay-for
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-16:
Just because some airports offer it free doesn't mean one who doesn't is bad. You are a whiner plain and simple.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-16:
I, too, have come across free wifi at many large airports; Vancouver BC International and Changi International come to mind just because they are the last two I have used.

Now read this: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9888021-7.html

I would be very careful when using free wifi at any airport, when dealing with sensitive material or financial records. I just recently learned about this problem on the news here. It could save people some problems later on if they avoid the potential pitfalls of free wifi.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-16:
I don't want to go off topic too long here but how does one post a link?? Do you have to be a "star" member?? I posted a website earlier in the thread but it didn't work out as a link.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-16:
"I think they are taking advantage of people by charging them to go online." How so? Its not a requirement an airport provides free internet access - some do, some don't. If you don't have a club/lounge membership see if the airport has a business center ie, CLT. If one really must mooch, hang around the outside of the USO center.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-16:
judge, I just copied the link from my address bar and pasted it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-16:
Thanks kia....same here but didn't work for me though.

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