As inanimate objects go, you can’t get much more inanimate than carpeting, and yet the old Portland airport carpeting – PDX Carpet, as it’s known – has become both an internet and must-have sensation.
A new logo of a flying bear, being quietly rolled out by Khabarovsk Airport in Russia, has become a Russian viral sensation. All manner of “Bearport” memes have cropped up in Russian social media, such as RuNet, and are now flying out of Russia and around the world.
Now here’s an idea that makes perfect sense: a vending machine that sells Amazon Kindles – called the “Kindle Kiosk”. The Kindle Kiosk is slated to be installed in select airports and malls around the country, but have only just now been spotted in the wild at an airport, and we are building a list of airports that have the Kindle Kiosk.
When you’re going through the security gates at an airport, you’re most likely resigned to the fact that your bag will be searched, regardless of whether there is a reason to do so. But what about your computer, laptop, or cell phone, with the overwhelming amount of personal information it contains – do you expect that to be searched? You should, as Lisa Wayne found out the hard way when her laptop was whisked away and subjected to a half-hour search. It turns out this is fairly routine. Now a law suit has been filed by Wayne and others to out a halt to this practice (some would say ‘abuse’) by the TSA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Google is gracing nearly 50 airports in the U.S. with free airport wi-fi for the holidays. Two of the airports – Seattle and Burbank – will keep their free airport Internet access, and offer free airport wi-fi permanently. (The full list of airports offering free Google wi-fi is below.)