Posts Tagged ‘Apps’

The Newest Airport Navigator

December 29, 2009

I love apps that help those perpetually travel frustrated – especially when it comes to what kind of options you’ll be dealing with at the airport, before and after security. 

After a while you get to know the unique quirks of airports. I now know that the San Francisco Airport Alaska terminal has pretty much nothing (good) to eat  before OR after security, so I should plan on eating before I leave the city. They do, however, have an adequate book shop. But wouldn’t these have been nice things to know in advance?

So when I heard about GateGuru, I wanted to learn more. Available as an iPhone app for $1.99, GateGuru can locate the best food, shopping and service options within any airport at the touch of a button.

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Some features listed on their webpage:

  • Most comprehensive and accurate listing of airport amenities (sortable by Food, Shops and Services).
  • Access to real-time ratings, reviews and photos – Avoid unappealing airport lounges, shady-looking restaurants or poor service – you deserve better! Quickly and easily locate the highest rated restaurant, shop or service by your fellow travelers.
  • Simple search engine – Know your pre or post-security options; what is near your gate; gift stores or ATMs close by; the nearest coffee shop and much more.
  • Bookmark function – Easily retrieve tagged information on the restaurants, shops and services you have enjoyed in the past.
  • Participate in the leaderboard – Earn points as you utilize GateGuru and improve your ranking among other travelers. Get honored as the “Captain” of your airport locally or nationally. Monitor your ranking versus your Facebook friends.
  • Become a Guru – In addition to GateGuru’s interactive online community, update your Twitter and Facebook status with updates, tips and/or reviews as you travel.

It seems like a great feature to me! I’m curious – has anyone tried it?


Scared of Flying? There’s an App for That

November 15, 2009

Oh Virgin Airlines – you’re so clever!

Learn more about their new stress relief app in this Reuters article:

People scared of flying can now press a button on their iPhone to help them deal with their panic.

Long-haul airline Virgin Atlantic Airways has launched an application, or app, for its Flying Without Fear course which boasts a success rate of over 98 percent. Apps are a source of information, games and other novelty ideas for users of Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

The airline said in a statement that this app was designed to help people overcome fear, be it of the unfamiliar aircraft, the strange noises a plane makes, or of losing control.

Afraid of flying?

Afraid of flying? Photo from ABC News

“Our first iPhone app will bring the benefits of our successful Flying Without Fear course to millions of people around the world who are now using mobile technology to make their lives better,” Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic, said in a statement.

“The app will put many travellers at ease and enable them to prepare for their first Virgin Atlantic flight.”

The airline developed the app with Mental Workout, a company developing software to help people resolve issues and increase mental performance. A spokesman from Mental Workout said an estimated one in every three adults were scared of flying.

The Flying Without Fear app has an introduction by Branson, a video-based in-flight explanation of a flight, frequently asked questions, relaxation exercises and a fear attack button for emergencies with breathing exercises.