Travel Hazards

Sorry for the lack of updates. I’m traveling with family in San Diego, with the occasional futile one-day trip up to Disneyland (it may be the Happiest Place on Earth, but it’s no match for Autism Challenge Boy).

Anyways, had to get this off my chest. The Grand Rapids airport (GRR) has free wi-fi. Which is usually a good thing. They even have a special greeting page for iPhone users:

This page then changes to a “click to continue” page:

So you click the link to continue on to the original page you requested. Except that you end up back here:

Yep, the whole thing is a goddamn infinite loop of two advertising nag pages. And with no way to spoof your user-agent on the iPhone, there’s no way to get around it.

And it was this way when I departed from GRR for WWDC back in June.

And when we went down to Florida in February. On that occasion, I sent an e-mail to the airport asking them to fix it, and got a brush-off “yeah, yeah, you don’t understand our awesome technology, little boy” reply.

Anyways, the “FlyGRR” network is useless, and if you’ve had the misfortune to connect to it, there’s only one sensible course of action:

It’s annoying, but at least there’s no injury involved. That was reserved for our connection in Chicago. Ever heard those urban legends that escalators can rip kids’ Crocs, and sometimes some toes, right off their feet? Turns out it’s true. 4-year-old daughter Quinn was going up an escalator with my wife on the United concourse when her right Croc got caught. This is what it looked like after cleaning it (and her) up in the bathroom:

Notice that there’s a tear coming off one of the holes in the middle. Quinn describes the incident as “the escalator tried to take my Croc”. I still don’t know WTF happened, but I’m glad she’s not injured, and I guess I have to take the legend of Croc-eating escalators a little more seriously.

Comments (2)

  1. Patrick

    Regarding your e-mail trying to alert the airport to the problem: I recently had a problem playing a video on a certain site. I sent them an e-mail saying “your video doesn’t play”. They sent me a reply which I’ll paraphrase as “yes it does”.

  2. Patrick: ugh, how insulting! You’d think they’d take the hint that anyone who takes the time to complain is almost certainly having a real problem.

    Shoe on the other foot: stuff like this reminds me that I do have to take feedback seriously, even if I don’t initially think it’s plausible.

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