You won't find me apologizing for Massport. I think they are the biggest bunch of bullies out there. But this AA
argument against Massport sounds so familiar. You know how airlines always forbade people from using cell phones because of the threat of 'interference to avionics' (yeah...right) when they were really just trying to protect the AirPhone franchise? Now it sounds like the shoe is on the other foot. The argument that Massport is using is similar to the argument the airlines always used to keep people from using cell phones on board.
Anyway, this is "Massport being Massport" in the same way that "Manny is being Manny" on our dearly-departed Red Sox. With legions of lawyers, they aren't above strong-arm tactics to protect their flanks. Of course, the linkage is VERY easy to make between monies collected through Wi-Fi and subsequent booze cruises, big pay packages, and floozies under every desk for their own flock.
Airlines may figure that focusing on big cities like Boston rather than secondary cities like MHT
is the way back to financial health. But as sure as the sun rises and sets, Massport will take advantage of airlines in the same way that spiders take advantage of flies caught in a web. True enough that Massport's objective is to make money. That's not in dispute. BUT, Massport's appetite for spending--and spending lavishly and foolishly--means they have to use a big Hoover to pull in enough money to pay for all those cruises and floozies and laughably inflated pay packages. THAT is why they don't want any other wi-fi signals floating around.
Chris in NH