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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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United Airlines Spending $120 Million on Upgrading New Jersey Airport Terminal with iPads




New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport is set to receive a $120 million upgrade to United Airline's main terminal with some of the funds going towards iPads, Bloomberg reports. The airline is planning to offer Apple iPads to customers at certain locations around the terminal, namely restaurants and cafes. Similar upgrades have been utilized by other airlines in high-density airports like LaGuardia in New York.
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"From our perspective what we're looking for, and what we look for in all of our hubs, is something that's going to be a benefit for our customers -- something that's going to make the time they spend in the airport more productive, more enjoyable, comfortable," Mary Clark, a spokeswoman for the airline, said in a telephone interview.
As more and more airlines strip away the privileges of air travel to save money, focus is shifting towards ground amenities. By 2015, United plans to have every restaurant and gate seat in Terminal C outfitted with an iPad. The tablets will allow customers to check flight times and updates, browse the internet, buy food, and make retail purchases with a fifteen minute delivery guarantee.

Over the course of the next eighteen months, the Newark tunnel upgrade will add 55 dining venues, 10,000 power outlets, and 6,000 iPads to improve the customer experience in United terminals.
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"It's really become an expectation in society today to have these amenities," said Alan Bender, professor of aeronautics, airline management and economics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. "U.S. carriers are catching up to where they should be for their passengers, especially for their business passengers, and most especially for their international business passengers."
In 2012, Newark's Airport was rated the fifth worst in the United States according to a Travel & Leisure survey that ranked the country's twenty-two biggest airports on problems such as delays, concessions, and amenities. Plans are already in motion to change that statistic, as The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plan to spend $8 billion on upgrades to LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark airports over the next decade.

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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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Hahahaha what a bad title, it seemed that the whole $120 Million was going to the purchase of iPads, although, that would be could, a terminal completely filled with iPads.
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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Anybody know which watch that the guy in the photo is wearing? It caught my attention.
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:37 PM   #4
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Guys I can't say it enough

If you travel often for home and work get yourself a amex platinum card

You have lounge access among other amenities.

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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:38 PM   #5
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Minneapolis MSP - Delta Terminal

They did something like this at MSP, Delta Terminal G and I loved ordering food and paying for it right at my table without waiting for the waiter.
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:47 PM   #6
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Already have iPads all over Pearson airport in Toronto
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:54 PM   #7
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:56 PM   #8
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hah, what would $120,000,000 buy; about 300,000 ipads less volume discount & taxes & logistics & installation...

love the priorities of united statesians
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:58 PM   #9
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Cue the "I'm going stop flying with X airlines" because they don't have iPads like United…" comments.

These things will be mobbed because I think Newark still doesn't have free wifi in the terminals. You have to pay Boingo.
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:58 PM   #10
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Great... fuel surcharge now accompanied with a new technology surcharge
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 12:59 PM   #11
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Ebola!!! Newark is an international airport. I wonder if they'll put iPads in the Ebola quarantine tents!
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Hahahaha what a bad title, it seemed that the whole $120 Million was going to the purchase of iPads, although, that would be could, a terminal completely filled with iPads.
You beat me to it. Well to be fair, the title could be true if the 6000 iPads were $20,000 each. Hey! iPad Pro confirmed! You heard it here first.

Seriously MR, is some intern from Yahoo writing headlines now?
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 01:06 PM   #13
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Put free wireless internet in the terminal and make an airport or united newark app that folks can install and use all the amenities on their own device...
It would be cheaper in the long-term anyway and already a lot of airports offer free wifi.
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 01:09 PM   #14
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Anybody know which watch that the guy in the photo is wearing? It caught my attention.
Daniel Wellington.
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 01:14 PM   #15
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Isn't it funny how little the iPad has changed over the years?

Hoping ios9 will bring some much needed functionality

Stylus
Front facing speakers !!!
Gps and standard lol
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$120m to be bombarded with advertisements and other peoples fecal matter

Can't wait
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 02:11 PM   #17
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Saw this in JFK 2 months back, glad other airports are getting it too
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 02:38 PM   #19
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Everybody who needs an iPad owns their own iPad, so why the need for public, immovable iPads fixed into the furniture? Dumb idea and a waste of money. Unless, of course, they contain special software to, for instance, place an order at the restaurant.
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The ones at Laguardia (at least when I was there) were gross (all sorts of bodily fluids smeared across the screen).

I'd rather bring my own, thanks.
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This is great news as I only fly united and out of EWR. I have my own iPad, but the added power outlets and dining options will be welcomed.
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Just like most surfaces you touch.
The best wall of protection is coming into contact with them often, instead of avoiding them.

Your immune system needs something to do in order to work.

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You just wait.... Microsoft is going to call them and offer them free Surface Pro tablets to use instead just as long as they make sure to refer to them as "Microsoft Surface Pro's" and not "iPad-like Devices". Bonus Office 365 subscriptions if the Surface Pro is not used as an iPad stand like the CNN guys did.
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Old Nov 7, 2014, 04:15 PM   #25
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It's weird that an airport would do this as I think the majority of fliers have their own tablets/computers.

If you're a frequent flyer, it's pretty much guaranteed that you have a tablet or access to the airports lounge area. If you don't, then you're probably too poor to be flying anyways... just sayin'.

It's really all about the power outlets.
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