So, Starbucks have opened in Queen Alia International, just beside the newly opened World News Cafe. What a change from a decade ago, when all you could get at QAIA was a plastic cup with hot water and a tea bag. The coffe situation at the airport started to improve a few years ago, when Blue Fig managed to place their cappuccino carts in the airport’s different departure and arrival halls. The carts are still there. But compared to the the Starbucks brand and, to a lesser extent the World News Cafe presence, Blue Fig has been dwarfed (which is a shame really). Cinnabon are there too. More and more the airport is becoming a mall. This is no surprise as the global airport shopping trend continues to grow strongly. I wonder if one still can get a cheap plastic cup with hot water though, or if the only choice now is to buy expensive gourmet hot drinks!
I just had coffee at home before leaving to the airport, so I didn’t feel a need for another cup. Besides, I am ‘still’ boycotting Starbucks (more about THAT issue in a future post). So while I was waiting for my Aqaba flight to start boarding, I decided to take my PowerBook out to check the WiFi situation. Aha.. so there are two visible networks now. One is called ‘guest’ which is the Wanadoo service. Its cards are sold at the World News Cafe. The other one is called NEXT, which is provided by the ISP with the same name in cooperation with, you guessed it, Starbucks.
I didn’t have time to check out the prices for both services. I actually wanted to snub both and connect via my Fastlink GPRS line, but our flight was being called so I rushed to the gate.
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