BWI Airport

BWI Airport adds free Wi-Fi to list of amenities

I’m a big fan of free Wi-Fi service at airports, so was delighted to learn that Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the latest major airport to add that amenity to its offerings.

Free Wi-FI at airport

BWI is adopting the model many other airports are using: a free wireless Internet session for travelers willing to watch a short ad or paid “premium” service.

Many airports are limiting their free wireless access to one session for 15-30 minutes, but I’m glad to see that BWI is offering a complimentary 45 minute wireless session with the option to get another in exchange for watching another ad.

“Speak Truth to Power” photos at BWI Airport

“Speak Truth To Power,” a photography exhibition from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, is on display through May 31, 2012 in the International Terminal at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Elie Wiesel: novelist, journalist, Nobel Prize winner and political activist.

“Speak Truth To Power” is a collection of moving and powerful photographs by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams that document courage by featuring human rights defenders around the globe.

BWI gets an airport lounge with variable pricing

The first Airspace Lounge opens today, May 7, 2011 on Concourse D at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

It’s the first in what may be a line of new all-access airport lounges around the country.

Memberships will be available; daily passes will start at $17.50.

Included will be food, snacks, coffee, tea, soft drinks, wireless internet, plenty of power outlets and the use of MacBooks and Windows PCs. Drinks from the bar will be extra.

That all sounds pretty straightforward.

But here’s an interesting twist: while the basic rate for a day pass will be $17.50,  the price of the pass “will rise from time to time to prevent overcrowding.”

“A customer who spends $17.50 and walks into an overcrowded lounge that is more chaotic than the concourse would probably not return to an Airspace Lounge; we want to prevent that from happening,” said Anthony Tangorra, chief executive officer of Airspace Lounge.

Rather than simply turn people away, the price of a day pass will fluctuate, increasing up to perhaps $40 during busy periods.

“Our day pass price will be on prominent display via LCD signage outside of the lounge,” said Tangorra.

 

 

 

 

Earth Day at your airport

Traveling on a fuel-gobbling airplane on Earth Day?

Don’t worry – you can still be green on the ground at many airports.

 

Boston Logan International Airport is reminding travelers that is has added GobiCab, a fuel-saving, taxi cab ride-sharing app (for iPhones) to the eco-friendly transportation options listed on its website.

 

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is celebrating by christening eight new electric car charging stations.

Wichita Mid-Continent and several other airports will be holding earth day fairs at their terminals

San Francisco International Airport is having a little Twitter contest.

If you tweet to @flySFO between 8 a.m. PDT and 8 p.m. PDT with ideas on how to reduce your environmental foot print when traveling, you may win one of the recycled SFO banner luggage tags they’re giving away.

And Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport kicks off its First Annual Garden Show on Friday, with displays from four area organizations: Openlands, Trees That Feed Foundation, The Conservation Foundation and the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Look for the green beyond the security checkpoints in Terminal 3, between concourses H/K and L through May 13.

 

(Flower photos courtesy Robin Carlson, Chicago Botanic Garden)

New art exhibit at BWI airport: Stories of Home

Stories of Home, a new exhibition in the International Terminal at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) features artwork by international alumni, students and faculty of  MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Here’s a sample:

BWI STORIES OF HOME - MARIA KARAMETOU - FRAGMENTED(Courtesy: Maria Karametou: FRAGMENTED)

The work in Stories of Home examines “the bearings of memory, identity, cultural affinity, politics, creativity and spirituality.”  Here’s a link to an on-line gallery of the works in the exhibit, which runs through Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the exhibition space of the upper level of BWI’s International Terminal.

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