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Looney Tunes on Southwest

The internets want to be free

We have long-complained about the ridiculous fees charged by hoteliers, especially at the high-end, for wifi access. But with wireless now so ubiquitous that you can get on line everywhere from your carwash to your to haberdasher, getting hotel customers — many of whom already are paying a few hundred bucks a night — to shell out to log on has become a losing battle for hotels. More are throwing in the towel and making in-room Wi-Fi free for all guests, or at least those who sign up for the hotels’ free loyalty programs. So check out wifi availability before you check in.

Update from the plus ├ža change desk: Why In-Flight Wi-Fi is a Sore Spot for Passengers by Tess Dunn (Smart Meetings 2018/06/16).

Cheaper flights to Europe, at least for now

"Nane were keener against it than the Glasgow folk, wi' their rabblings and their risings, and their mobs, as they ca' them now-a-days. But it's an ill wind blaws naebody gude." -- Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott

The rest of the story: Airfare to Britain Plummets to Lowest Level in Three Years by Patrick Surry (Hopper).


On May 7, 1824, Beethoven shared his 9th Symphony with the world even though he could never hear it. On May 7, 2015, Riccardo Muti celebrated the anniversary of Beethoven’s most glorious and jubilant masterpiece with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.