Only to Logan’s wireless franchise. At least they seem to understand what “unregulated” and “Federal preemption” means, but claiming that offering free wifi to one’s frequent fliers is a security threat can only be a way to use the terms of their lease to shut them down: Logan, Continental in WiFi spat [pdf]
All 27 of Continental’s frequent-flier lounges at airports have offered free WiFi service since December. The airline’s lounge at Logan has offered the wireless connection since June 2004, but a year passed before Logan notified Continental in writing that the WiFi antenna violated the terms of its lease.
Last month, a Massport attorney warned the airline that its antenna ”presents an unacceptable potential risk” to Logan’s safety and security systems, including its key card access system and State Police communications.
Massport told the airline it could route its wireless signals over Logan’s WiFi signal, at a ”very reasonable rate structure.” In response, however, Continental said using Logan’s WiFi vendor could force the airline to start charging its customers for the service.
Craig Mathias, founder of the Farpoint Group, a wireless consulting firm in Ashland, said WiFi signals can interfere with each other, but not with other wireless devices.
”It’s hard to imagine how this is a security threat,” Mathias said. ”They clearly don’t want the competition.”
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