World Gets Wise to Jetsetters

Hotels, airports, work to please mobile businessmen
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2007 12:17 PM CST
Although outlet and wi-fi are increasingly available, many customers and companies agree that hotels are sorely lacking in tech support.   (
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(Newser) – With laptops roughly as common as toaster ovens, business people are ready to work anywhere. Now, hotels and airports are scrambling to make sure anywhere is ready for them, the Times reports. Studying jetsetter habits, hotels are putting outlets in easy reach, attaching desks to beds and chairs, and most importantly, making sure you don’t have to wait 20 minutes for tech support.

Airports are a bit behind the curve, but some are adding kiosks to recharge mobile gadgets or check e-mail, and adding wireless networks, which travelers are plenty willing to pay for. “Thirty-five years ago, you didn’t have the mobile electronics you do now,” explained one airport operator, puzzling out how to add easy-to-reach outlets to the ancient building.