A traveler's guide to technology
Gone are the days when airplane passengers had to kill time with crossword puzzles or the latest thriller novel. Thanks to technology, many passengers treat airplanes as an extension of the office.
Many airlines now offer in-flight WiFi, so business people don't have to miss a beat while in the air. Equipped with a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone, professionals can get the job done when traveling from coast to coast and everywhere in between.
But there are a few considerations technology-savvy fliers should make. The first is power. Depending on seating arrangement, an electrical outlet may not be within reach. Passengers should consider traveling with supplemental battery units so computing devices can run all the way from point A to point B.
Next is protection. Carrying cases are essential for frequent travelers. Between cramped spaces and people walking the aisle, the airplane is not the natural environment for laptop or tablet computers. Ensuring equipment makes it to its destination safely may depend on its protective gear.
Considerate travelers may also want to invest in noise-canceling headphones so they don't disturb their neighbors and, in turn, are not bothered themselves.
Finally, always remember to fasten your safety belt and power down electronics during takeoff and landing. Have a safe trip.