Free Wi-Fi Is Finally Coming to NYC Airports

A plane waits at John F. Kennedy Airport on February 28, 2013 in New York City. Should the $85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts, known as the sequester, go into effect Friday as scheduled, airport control towers in a number of states could close, putting pilots and staff members at risk. In addition to the closed control towers, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers could be furloughed, leading to long waits and confusion at many airport security checkpoints.
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New York area airports — including JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark — will join the 21st century this fall with the addition of free Wi-Fi.  Of course, there’s a catch: Under the deal the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved on Wednesday, the internet provider Boingo Wireless will allow just 30 minutes of free access. Then, users can pay $7.95 for a day pass of unlimited data, $9.95 for a monthly pass, or resume waiting for their flight in what feels like some third-world country.