Notes On Hartsfield-Jackson

1. Hartsfield-Jackson’s much-hyped WiFi system is crap for leisure/non-business travellers. I don’t mind paying for WiFi, but the least expensive WiFi option at Hartsfield-Jackson is a $7.95/24 hours. I don’t want to use 24 hours worth of WiFi and I sure as hell don’t want to pay $8 for it.

Assuming that my flight is on-time, I’ll probably only want to use WiFi to check my e-mail and read the news for 15-30 minutes before a flight. Why not sell me WiFi in units of time that I’ll actually use? The current system is akin to a coffee shop that only sells coffee in five gallon buckets.

2. Destination ATL is a store in Concourse D that sells Atlanta-themed apparel. The window display on Tuesday featured a complete line of hot pink, Playboy-themed apparel (tracksuits, purses, etc.). Am I missing something? Is Playboy gear in fashion in Atlanta?

3. Next time you take-off from Hartsfield-Jackson, look out the right side of your cabin for the Target store on Camp Creek Parkway. It’s hard to miss. It has an enormous bulleye painted on its roof. I’m not paranoid about terrorism, but it seems to that they’re just asking for trouble.

4. I know it’s been gone for a while, but I miss the old “You are now entering the transportation mall” recording. The authortative-yet-congested voice always made me smile.

5. The announcements on the airport’s trains have been modified. Instead of saying the next stop is “Concourse A” or “Concourse C,” the announcment now says “Concourse A, as in Alpha” or “Concourse C, as in Charlie,” etc.

Someone at the aiport finally figured out that the announcements on the trains were so lo-fi that announcments for Concourses B and D sounded identical. And it only took them a couple of decades!

6 Comments so far

  1. Daniel (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 3:27 pm

    “Assuming that my flight is on-time”

    That’s a HUGE assumption… and not usually true, you know.

  2. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

    True. Although my twice yearly AirTran trips to DC (my parents live there) are never delayed.

  3. Tessa (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 10:39 pm

    The wi-fi drove me insane this summer when I was flying in and out of Hartsfield every other week.

    I got free wi-fi in DC’s airport!

    And #5 definitely put a smile on my face when I heard it. Ha.

  4. Greg Mohler (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2005 @ 10:50 am

    For what it’s worth, I’ve taken several flights out of/into Hartsfield every year for the past four years, and I’ve only had a delayed flight once. I’m really impressed by their track record.

  5. Greg (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2005 @ 11:20 am

    My flights have always taken off on time, some have landed eariler than scheduled…

    Chicago O’Hare or Orlando International on the other hand

  6. jom (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2005 @ 12:06 pm

    The domestic flights I’ve taken from Hartsfield were delayed, but the international flights were on the dot. :)

    And on the first note, that is expensive, considering the fact that some hubs are free! And what are the odds of staying in Hartsfield for 24 hours anyway?

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