Hop on the Net at the airport

If like many Canadians you’re passing through Lester B. Pearson International Airport (enroute to almost anywhere) and you want to connect with family, friends or business colleagues, check out the new Bell Interactive Zone Kiosks. The 13 web terminals provide easy access to e-mail and the Internet. According to Bell, the kiosks are fast and easy to use, a plus for travellers.

“These interactive kiosks answer a real need,” says Don MacNeil, associate director market development, Bell Canada. “The need for public Internet and e-mail access has increased in the past two years, and we’re meeting the demand with state of the art touch screen technology.”

In addition to e-mail and Internet service, travellers have access to news, weather, games, sports, travel and local service information for $2.50 (plus tax) for the first five minutes and $.30 for each additional minute. Payment can be made through the use of a credit card or a Bell QuickChange card. Equipped with audio and video capability, the new kiosks also have a keyboard and printer.

A great idea whose time has come, I say. What better way to pass the time at a boring airport than checking out your next destinati on the Net, or sending out a few instant email post cards? Once this service is offered in-flight, things will really take off, eh?