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The race is on for airlines to offer you wireless Internet connections at hub airports.
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Throw away your wires: Airports are untethering travelers from their laptops. plans to offer wireless connections this year in its hub cities of , Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Washington, DC. is hoping to install wireless Internet in up to 50 air terminals this year. And United will soon offer high-speed wireless technology in its first-class and frequent-flier lounges.

But before you log on, read this: The connections could be costly. Market research firm DataMonitor projects that unlimited access to the most popular wireless systems will set you back between $40 and $60 per month. Sure, they're fast-Austin, Texas-based Wayport Inc. offers travelers wireless Internet access 50 to 200 times quicker than dial-up-but make sure you travel enough that it's worth the price.

'K, Man

Located just below Cuba in the Western Carribean, the Cayman Islands are one of the most sought-after commercial and recreational destinations. A hub for international finance, they're also a hot spot for scuba divers and snorkelers. Because this is the off-season, it's a great time to set up a meeting there.

Where to stay: The Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman features 9,645 square feet of meeting space and is a short walk from the ocean.

What to do: Go diving. Red Sail Sports offers daily boat trips to some of the best scuba spots.

Don't miss: A trip to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in George Town on the island of Grand Cayman.

Christopher Elliott is a writer and commentator and the editor of


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