Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What’s the Point?

Young people today (blah, blah, blah) don’t know nuffin’ (blah, blah, blah) with all their iBits and iPieces (blah, blah, blah)…

I have spent too long peering into dark corners and dingy recesses, behind vending machines and under benches furtively searching out power sockets at airports.

And when I find one I get twitchy waiting for the sudden blank screen as the cleaner decides that their vacuum cleaner is more important than whatever I happen to be doing.

I have been through Toulouse International Airport (Blagnac) a many times and they were particularly bad in this respect. But recently there has been a revolution. Apart from building a new terminal and revamping the shops they have recognised that people travel with electrical things they want to use and that their batteries are not really up to the job.

The new shiny Blagnac is now pretty well equipped for the iFlyer. There is a nice little office space with desk spaces tucked away on a mezzanine and this little run of usefulness tucked into the corner of a cafe.

Nothing subtle about this provision at the gates. Anyone would think they actually wanted you to use them.

And for the traditionalist who like to sit on the floor there are still the old vacuum cleaner points in otherwise featureless walkways.

Blagnac also has 30 minutes of free  Wifi, when it runs out, you just start again… not sure if it is meant to do this, but who’s complaining? 

Frankfurt is not quite so well equipped, but does have these work stations and 30 minutes of free Wifi. 

I am writing this blog on it. The Wifi password is texted to a mobile and only one password sent to a single mobile number can be used within 24 hours. With Teutonic adherence to the rules access it runs out after 30 minutes and gurzernenschplatz nicht habstel dorner volk geschaftzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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