(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,587,474 B2
O'Donnell (45) Date of Patent: Sep. 8,2009
GROUND-BASED TRAVEL PORTAL
Inventor: Mary E O'Donnell, Issaquah, WA (US)
Assignee: The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL
Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this
patent is extended or adjusted under 35
U.S.C. 154(b) by 812 days.
Filed: Jul. 19, 2005
Prior Publication Data
US 2005/0256751 Al Nov. 17, 2005
Related U.S. Application Data
Continuation-in-part of application No. 10/103,032, filed on Mar. 21, 2002, now Pat. No. 6,993,554.
Provisional application No. 60/316,443, filed on Aug. 31, 2001.
U.S. CI 709/220; 709/228; 707/3;
705/6; 715/745; 715/747
Field of Classification Search 709/204 207,
709/220-222, 217-219, 228; 715/744-747, 715/751-759; 705/5, 6; 707/3 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
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A ground-based travel planning portal is provided that is in communication with a counterpart in-transit portal so that the content presented through each portal is consistent to a traveler. The ground-based travel planning portal includes information for both business and leisure travel planning, in addition to other more general information. The traveler is able to identify and store a user-defined profile that includes personal traveling preferences such as airlines, hotels, rental cars, and personal content layout preferences which determines what content of the portal is presented to the traveler. Accordingly, the traveler has discretion to change and modify the content layout throughout the portal. Further, the user-defined profiles are shared across the ground-based portal and a counterpart in-transit portal so that the traveler accesses a common interface regardless of their travel status.
10 Claims, 7 Drawing Sheets