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Old 06-12-2003, 08:57 PM   #1
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Wireless Internet access @ EWR? and others

Hello,

I am having a flight to HKG August 1st out of EWR (less than $600, booked right at their website). I have a few questions:

This is my first time to EWR, and I would like to know if Wi-Fi is accessable inside EWR, or some sort of Internet connectivity that allow me to use my laptop?

Second is about the trip, direct flight to HKG, anybody know about the route? Or just anything you can share about trip to HKG?

Third, how can you use your laptop onboard the 777? I know row 13-20 has a powerplug, what do I need in order to recharge my battery? I know, the website told me to pull the battery out before use it.
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Old 06-12-2003, 09:53 PM   #2
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Enjoy the flight, I'm very envious. The EWR->HKG flight is the longest commercial segment and I'd love to fly it someday. I've got an IAH->NRT coming up on the 11th which is close, but not quite as long as your upcoming flight.

EWR is a great airport when flying CO. You didn't mention if you had a membership to the President's Club (or a Platinum Card AmEx or P-Club voucher). EWR has several President's Clubs, one will surely be fairly close to your gate. Worst case, you'll have access to an analog phone line from inside. I'm not sure if there's a wireless provider that will offer you 802.11 service, but if so it will likely cost money. You might try calling the EWR P Club and asking.

BusinessFirst and the forward rows of coach on CO's 777's have EmPower ports. You'll simply need to get an EmPower adapter for your laptop (Targus makes some nice ones) which will be a power brick like your normal charger but with an EmPower adapter instead of a normal power plug. If you've got an Apple Powerbook, there's a really inexpensive, no-brick cable you can buy from store.apple.com.

Despite the warnings, nobody will force you to pull the battery from your laptop. You're supposed to, but it's not enforced. With an empower brick adapter you'll find that your laptop will charge and will run for the whole flight.

I find the power jacks invaluable, especially for watching DVDs. Also, be careful not to ask for row 16 (bulkhead coach) -- these seats are dreadfully uncomfortable because they're narrower and do not have raisable armrests. They also lack the EmPower ports.
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Old 06-13-2003, 10:25 AM   #3
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More about the power the P-Club

Nugget,

Thank you very much for the info, I got more questions:

For the power, I got an adapter for my laptop to plug in a car, and it works no problem, can I use that onboard? In a word, is the plug onboard same as the auto?

Concerning the P-club, I am not willing to pay for the fee, nor I have a P-club voucher, but I have an AMEX corporate card, and I can apply for another AMEX platinum card. Question is, is it true that all I need is an AMEX platium card and I can enter the P-club without paying anything (except any additional fees)? If this is the case, which AMEX Platium card can do that (some AMEX Platium cards have no anual fee).

Thank you very much for your help.
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An EmPower plug is not the same as the "cigarette lighter" style plug you use in your car, although I believe they're the same voltage and whatnot -- my EmPower supply came with a little sleeve that can turn it into a cigarette lighter adapter.

I'd be willing to bet that you can find an EmPower to auto adapter converter cable for a lot less money than buying a new power supply.

The no-fee (Optima, Starwood) AmEx products will not get you into an airport club. Only The Platinum Card product, or the business/corporate equivalents will get you into the President's Club. With a Platinum Card charge card you can get into the Continental President's Club or the Delta Crown Room if you have a same-day boarding pass for a flight on that airline.
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