October 25, 2012
“Airport life” doesn’t conjure up the best of images: hard plastic chairs, TSA agents invading your personal space, and overpriced fast food. But Dan Stratman, a pilot and 23-year airline veteran, wants to make airport life a little more bearable.
While waiting to check luggage, passengers can check his Airport Life app for baggage policies. A few taps brings up airport maps with nearby restaurants. After checking TSA rules for liquids and getting past security, passengers can start commiserating. The app lets you post to Twitter and Facebook, and write on a special “airport wall,” whether you’re in JFK or SFO. On top of all that, you can check the weather at your destination and email your itinerary to the person picking you up.
“I have seen a lot of stressed out and unhappy passengers. I am passionate about making flying easier for them,” says Stratman. He was particularly inspired by a businessman, whose flight was cancelled, who frantically flagged him down in an airport, asking for help.
Airport Life has already seen 25,000 downloads in 79 countries. For $1.99 per month, frequent travelers can get automatic flight status updates, locate their parked car, and track expenses.
Stratman wouldn’t say exactly where all the app’s information comes from – “I know where to look for it,” he says – but he’s able to keep it updated as he hops back and forth to different airports.
Airport Life is available for iPhone and will be coming out on Android next week.
Airport Life was a showcased startup at our Tech Cocktail Kansas City mixer in October.
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