London Stansted has become one of the first UK airports to be certified as offering safe, child-friendly wi-fi to its passengers.
The move means that passengers at Stansted can now rest assured that the airport’s free wi-fi network will filter out inappropriate content. Stansted’s passenger mix differs from other large UK airports in that it reflects a much younger demographic, with 48% of passengers being aged between 16 and 34 years old.
The certification has been carried out by Friendly WiFi, the government-initiated standard for public wi-fi. The accreditation comes on the back of Stansted’s parent company, MAG, signing up to the scheme.
Venues displaying the Friendly WiFi symbol have wi-fi filters that deny access to inappropriate content, including indecent images and advertisements or links to such content.
Aboudy Nasser, chief commercial officer at London Stansted Airport, said, “More and more of the 28 million passengers we welcome to our airport every year choose to connect to the free wi-fi we offer. Children also increasingly want to use their connected devices when they are at the airport and as a responsible airport operator, we know that it’s our duty to keep them safe online. Friendly WiFi provides further reassurance to parents, and all our passengers, that they can browse safely.”