Los Angeles International Airport - LAX
Avoid this airport at all costs. If you are flying with Air New Zealand to other parts of the US then fly to San Francisco rather than LA. It is a smaller, less insane place and the ground staff are much nicer than their southern counterparts.
But if you are flying to Europe then my advice is to avoid the US all together and fly via Asia.
The security measures at US airports are totally over the top and they seem to select especially unpleasant people to administer them.
As in Europe earlier in the year I found that WiFi is everywhere.
Unfortunately both US hotels we stayed in charged for the service (US$10 per 24 hours) as did the Red Carpet Club (United Airlines lounge) whereas Air NZ provide the service free in their lounges.
For a blogger WiFi is crucial if one is going to keep blogging while on the move.
In this regard I was interested to learn that airlines are investigating making WiFi available on flights.
Apparently the technology is not the problem, rather it is the cost which is around US$100,000 per plane. The report I read (Time Aug 20) suggested they would charge pasengers $10 per flight to use the service. Bring it on I say!
I understand Qantas have "converted" one plane to WiFi and are monitoring demand for the service. I'm sure Air New Zealand will be watching the situation.
AIR NEW ZEALAND
NEWSWEEK - ISSUE SEPTEMBER 3