The Techie’s Guide to Air Travel

With the average American owning 1.57 mobile devices, the number of laptops, tablets, smartphones and even web-enabled entertainment devices is prolific. Never before in history have we been able to do so much on the go. That is, until we reach an airport.

Regardless of whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, all techie travelers share similar desires; they still want to connect, even when they’re in the airport or the airplane itself. Here’s a quick guide for techie air travellers who want work online, play online and generally use their mobile devices in these settings.

Using the Cloud

 Best Airlines for Techies

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The best way to work and play on the go is by using the cloud. This is particularly true when you have to travel by plane. It’s increasingly popular to upload your files to the cloud to bring them with you on your travels without the use of an external device. You can then download files to your travel device right before takeoff, enabling you to work from the airport/airplane. Even if the airport/airplane is lacking Wi-Fi, you can still work on your downloaded files offline and then re-upload them at the earliest opportunity.

Best Airports for Techies

 Best Airlines for Techies

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The one thing most mobile devices have in common is a notoriously short battery life. While it’s true some battery lives are longer than others, sitting on a tarmac can eat into your battery’s life. It’s every techie’s worst nightmare to lose power when they’re working on something important. You race against your battery life, hoping you can finish before it dies. Unfortunately, you almost never do.

While there are no outlets on airplanes, many airports are realizing the need for additional outlets. Though almost all airports were built before this need, many have been retrofitted with outlets and workstations. Among the best airports for number of outlets and workstations, four stand out. These four are Dallas, Fort Worth (DFW), New York City, JFK (JFK), Atlanta International (ATL), and Detroit Metro (DTW).

While these four are considered the best for both outlets and workstations, here are some of the runners-up, which are almost as good. Not surprisingly, all of these airports are international airports.

  • Oakland(OAK)
  • LaGuardia (LGA)
  • Sacramento (SMF)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • Baltimore-Washington, Thurgood Marshall (BWI)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
  • Nashville (BNA)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
  • Chicago Midway (MDW)
  • Cleveland Hopkins (CLE)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
  • Kansas City (mci)
  • Portland (PDX)

 Best Airlines for Techies

 Best Airlines for Techies

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Surprisingly, while just about every overseas-based airline has satellite or other Wi-Fi, only a few American ones do. Of U.S.-based airlines with in-flight Wi-Fi, Alaskan Air is considered to be the best.

Here are the best honorable mentions:

  • Virgin
  • US Airways
  • Southwest
  • Delta
  • American
  • AirTran
  • JetBlue
  • United

When it comes to traveling with your mobile device, you want to remain connected and powered up no matter where you are. Though you can’t always control where you have to go, most often you can control which airport you fly out of and which airline you choose. Knowing how to be a tech-savvy traveler will go a long way to increasing your enjoyment (and productivity) during any flight.


Mercedes Tabano II is a writer, author, and Internet Marketing Consultant. She specializes in writing books that help small businesses be found online. She manages to always stay connected in her area with, when not traveling with her husband.

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