If you were worried that your experience was eventually to become less hellish at our city’s three major airports, don’t be. The Port Authority is considering extending its contract with wireless provider Boingo to keep charging you for Internet rather than providing free wifi.
Tech and the City
A cab ride to and from the airport, like paying someone to do your laundry, is one of the indulgences New Yorkers tend to allow themselves, even when a cheaper option is available. Even more so during the holidays: you’re about to spend the weekend in a food coma with all your judge-y relatives, so treat yo self!
A recently launched startup called Shairporter might help mitigate the cost. The company, which launched a couple weeks ago and is still in beta, helps users split the cost of a cab or black car to the airport. Founder and CEO Winston Wu said Shairporter has a mobile app in the works that can handle things like neighborhood-to-neighborhood rides, but it’s focusing on traveling to the airport because “that’s where the initial need is.”
If you thought the buzzy Tupac hologram was awesome, wait until you hear what the Port Authority plans to spend its money on: Starting this summer, three holographic customer service reps will begin work at JFK, Laguardia and Newark, supplementing the flesh-and-blood reps that are often overwhelmed by the magnitude of travelers that visit New York during the summer.