Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Best Airports and Airlines for Tech-Dependent Travelers [INFOGRAPHIC]

via Mashable by Lauren Drell on 1/12/12

Jetsetting from New York to Silicon Valley and everywhere in between helps high-tech travelers gather a wealth of knowledge about life spent in airports and at 35,000 feet. So, if you’ve got a trip coming up, you’ll find this infographic’s insights about the most tech-friendly airports and airlines to be incredibly useful.

For longer flights, you need to be completely juiced up beforehand … or have access to outlets onboard. There are 17,000 outlets in the 40 busiest American airports; that may sound like a lot, but it equates to just 5.5 outlets per gate, on average. That’s not a very favorable ratio when you consider how many people are traveling with smartphones, eReaders, tablets, laptops or any combination thereof. (Tip: Virgin America has outlets in every row of the plane to keep you charged in the sky, so there’s no race to recharge at the gate.)

Even when you’re all charged up, you might not be able to afford being offline for hours at a time, so inflight Wi-Fi isn’t just a nice perk — it’s a must. So it’s good to know that AirTran and Virgin America have Wi-Fi on 100% of their aircraft.

And when you’re managing travel or booking flights, you might think to yourself, “Oh, there’s an app for that.” But you should know that few airlines have apps that are fully functional — Delta’s is ranked the best among all U.S. carriers, scoring 8 out of 10 possible points.

Lastly, in case you didn’t learn how to travel efficiently from George Clooney in Up in the Air, there are some handy tips for expediting your trip through the TSA lines at the bottom of the graphic. Want to take it to the next level? This tech-lover’s jacket could be a helpful tool.

In short, this infographic from highlights pretty much everything you need to know about high-tech travel. Noticeably missing from the airport map are LAX, SFO and Chicago’s O’Hare, but we’ve got you covered with information regarding airport Wi-Fi and Boingo Hotspots.

Best Airports for Tech

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