Manchester Airports Group launches child-friendly Wi-Fi

28 November 2019 (Last Updated November 28th, 2019 12:47)

Manchester Airport Group (MAG) in the UK has become the country's first airport group to introduce child-friendly Wi-Fi at its airports.

Manchester Airports Group launches child-friendly Wi-Fi
Friendly WiFi has certified the Wi-Fi at London Stansted Airport as child-friendly and safe. Credit: London Stansted.

Manchester Airport Group (MAG) in the UK has become the country’s first airport group to introduce child-friendly Wi-Fi at its airports.

MAG owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports.

The Wi-Fi at the three airports is now capable of blocking inappropriate content, making it safe for children to use.

It was certified by Friendly WiFi, the government-initiated standard for public Wi-Fi introduced in 2014.

Friendly WiFi was established to ensure that Wi-Fi offered at public areas adheres to minimum filtering standards.

At places where the Friendly WiFi symbol is present, the internet does not grant access to inappropriate images and advertisements.

Earlier this month, the Wi-Fi at London Stansted Airport received the same certification.

MAG chief strategy officer Tim Hawkins said: “More and more of the 62 million passengers we welcome to our airports every year choose to connect to the free Wi-Fi we offer, whether that’s to check flight details, catch up on emails or chat to friends and family before they fly.

“As I’m sure many parents know, children also want to use their connected devices when they are at the airport and as a group we know that it is our duty to keep them safe online. Friendly WiFi provides further reassurance to parents and all our passengers that they can browse safely.”

MAG also revealed recent plans to open ‘aerozones’ as an initiative to connect its airports with local communities.

In April, MAG awarded a contract to Rohde & Schwarz to deliver its latest generation of R&S QPS201 security scanners.

This March, MAG teamed up with IT firm SITA to deploy further passenger self-service kiosks across its airports.