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Who Needs Airports In The IT Age?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 6:10 am

I read in a newspaper that BA has introduced WAP check in and seat allocation. This means that you, or some of us, can check in from the mobile phone on the way to the office, or to the "john" for that matter. BA says that this will minimise time at the airport.

W H Y ?

For me, air travel is an enjoyable experience. And the fun starts at the airport ! I just love the airport environment - the checking in, passport control, the pre-flight coffee, phoning home to say goodbye and expecially the departure lounge where I can watch the ground movements. Perhaps some people are just too busy to have enjoy the simpler things in life. Am I just an old fashioned romantic fool? I'm glad I am. How many more like me ?
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RE: Who Needs Airports In The IT Age?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 10:14 am

While this may be good for those business travellers who need every available second and can't be bothered by the process of checking in with a real person, I think that normal check-in will be continued for most passengers.

I would be an "old fashioned romatic fool" as well, on my last flight I arrived at SFO 5 (!) hours early just to be around the airport. I helped someone with their luggage who was on the airporter with me check-in to their Virgin Atlantic flight then I poked around the airport until my family arrived about 3 hours later  Smile

The way of the future may continue, but I definately love a bit of time at the airport.

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RE: Who Needs Airports In The IT Age?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 10:59 am

Unfortunately that kind of sucks for us non-rev people who have to get there and wait for the people to show up..and when a slew of people walk in at the last minute... oh that pisses me off. But being able to walk straight through and go to the plane is great.
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RE: Who Needs Airports In The IT Age?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 11:15 am

All of this speed is very good for the business fliers who fly many times a week. For exmple, with my dad and all the other guys at his office fly many times a week. They don't have time to be standing around in the check in counter. If any thing will speed the proccess up it is a big bonus for them.

I too enjoy getting to the airport eary, but because my dad hates standing around at airports we leave our hosue about an hour before the flight leaves. We then use my dad's 1k or executive platinum cards to jump in the first class check in line and run off to the gate where bording has already started. DOesn't leave me any time at all, though I always get the window seat and can ge good views of the airpiort as we taxi to the runway.
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RE: Who Needs Airports In The IT Age?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 7:56 pm

: XFSUgimpLB41X

Yes, that is true. Just When the girl on check in is about to call your non-rev name, up comes this suited executive, his chauffeur carrying his suitcase and with only the latest very expensive WAP mobile phone in hand, and takes your first class seat.
Too bad for us non-revs.

I too go to the airport early and take it all in. Travelling is fun. Surely not as exotic as the by-gone clipper days which I don't remember. Let's hope that airports don't become simply oversized train stations. It is up to us to show the airlines what we really want.
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RE: Who Needs Airports In The IT Age?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 8:47 pm

I travel a lot for both business and pleasure, and while I like hanging around airports (I take pictures if I can), and enjoy browsing the shops, the lounge, and watching the planes go by, standing in a long line waiting to check in, especially for a widebody in economy, when you have 20 people ahead of you, is not my idea of fun.

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RE: Who Needs Airports In The IT Age?

Tue Jan 30, 2001 9:10 pm

As technologies develop futher you can count on the reduction of time at the airport. With WAP, bluetooth, etc... check in counters will soon be a thing of the past. The only waiting you will be doing is in security (currently being replaced with eye, and face scans) and in check in (announcements will be replaced by individual paging of passengers via phone or PDA) and just in case you think this is 100's of years away all airport expansion plans (more in Europe) are taking these into consideration and are working on implementation as you read.

Of course for those of us who love airports for the waiting and hanging out Im sure you can still sit in the observation deck, drink a coffee and take a few pics (at least AMS)

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