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Finding free Wi-Fi at German airports

Finding free Wi-Fi at German airports

You might think finding wireless access at German airports is a simple task. But it’s not quite that easy. Twice a year, passing between Europe and the US, I travel through four airports—one in Germany, one in the Netherlands and two in the US. Three out of four have free wireless Internet access for travelers. » Read more

Terminal Heaven: The lounge phenomenon

Terminal Heaven: The lounge phenomenon

A lounge used to be that private space back home where you kicked off your shoes, cracked open a beer and settled down to watch the telly. In 2013 new-speak, trainers have eclipsed shoes, Prosecco has replaced beer and the television has been consigned to technological history. And the lounge has moved out of your » Read more

Flights: Six essential features of good airports

Flights: Six essential features of good airports

This week, let’s set our sights on six key features that define a good, contemporary airport, whether in Europe or elsewhere. Here the focus is on those areas of the airport open to all passengers, not just the frequent-flier set. What makes a business-class lounge good is a matter for another investigation. 1. Public transportation » Read more

Flight Memo: Chisinau International Airport

Flight Memo: Chisinau International Airport

When I left you last week, it looked as if I would make it out of Europe’s volcanic ash cloud nightmare more or less unscathed. Last Tuesday, my flight from Chisinau, Moldova to Istanbul was scheduled to take off as planned, while my mother’s flight to Milan was canceled outright. My flight ended up leaving, as » Read more

For terminal sleep, try a mini motel!

OK, we admit. We’re terminal sleepers. We’ve been known to snooze airport, train and bus station-style. You know, back against the wall, legs out front, maybe a backpack or sweatshirt to prop your head. It’s a scene we’re very familiar with. We’re also fans of sleeping on moving trains, feel that suitcases make great makeshift beds, » Read more

Ryanair diary: One Night in Barcelona’s Girona Airport

In the spring of 2006, I was able to score some super-cheap tickets on Ryanair for a last-minute getaway to Barcelona from London, where I was living. It had been a great weekend, made possible I only had to pay the airport tax. The catch? I had to fly into and out of two less-than-central » Read more

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