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Pocket-size help at D/FW Airport

3:23 PM Mon, May 18, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko
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 It’s an hour before your flight is scheduled to depart. You got stuck in traffic on the way to D/FW and now you’re on the shuttle bus schlepping you to Terminal C.

For once, you’re hoping your flight is running late.

You could call someone to double-check the time and gate of your flight, but you just know you’ll wind up in phone tree hell (“Press or say ‘2’ for departures before 6:45 and press or say ‘7’ for departures after 6:45 … unless it’s Tuesday”).

Now there’s another option for harried travelers flying in or out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Whip out your cell phone and tap in dfwairport.com into the browser. It will detect that you’re mobile and will display a version of the airport’s main Web site that’s optimized for a small screen.

From there, you’re not more than a couple of clicks away from most of the same helpful information, including flight arrival and departure information, a guide to the 18 airlines at D/FW, and connecting information — whether you’re inside or outside the security zone.

 One of the handiest features is something called Within 5 Minutes of My Gate. Select your terminal and type in your gate number, and your phone will instantly display a list of ATMs, food and drink options and newsstands within walking distance.

The site also has a Just For Fun section, where you can download a series of background images suitably sized for popular cell phone screens along with one (at least as I write this) ring tone that reproduces the Skylink Train alert that sounds when a train arrives at the platform.

This all might be overkill for casual travelers, but the mobile dfwairport.com Web site certainly merits a bookmark if you have more frequent flier miles than you know what to do with.

E-mail askwalt@wfaa.com




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