La Quinta hotel hates The Firearm Blog

That is not a blog title I ever expected to write … Michael Bane was using the Wifi access at one of the La Quinta hotels. After accessing TFB they blocked him because of “questionable traffic…”.

Am on the way to the airport in a couple of minutes…I wanted to post more, but the airport hotel I’m in, La Qunita, whacked my Internet access because of “questionable traffic…” That would, I suppose, be guns. I signed off their service and booted my 3G model. Interestingly enough, the specific site that got me was The Firearms Blog, which I like to check every day.

Interestingly enough The Great Firewall of China does not block the blog:

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So you have been warned. When in China, reading TFB is all good, but in the United States at a La Quinta hotel, stay well away if you need the ‘net 😉

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Dom

    Who is the pantywaist checking the logs? That’s what I want to know.

  • Homer

    I think you mean “La Quinta” hotels. It’s a nationwide chain.

    • Homer, typo, thanks.

  • Pathfinder

    There are tools like Tor and Hotspot Shield that supposedly will let you gain access to any blocked site by masking what and where it is. I do not use them, but it has been suggested . . .

  • Let me guess, they’ll allow you to view porn sites at La Quinta, but gun sites are of concern.

  • Matt Groom

    Whenever I stay at a hotel, I ask about internet access (at least I did until my laptop died) and I always ask very specific questions like: “If I look on firearms oriented websites, will I be blocked by some damn commie filter?” They always look befuddled, and say something like “No, I don’t think so, sir.” Then I record the name of the person who told me that and if I’m blocked, I call the desk and raise bloody hell. “SUCH AND SUCH TOLD ME I WOULDN’T BE BLOCKED! I’M NOT PAYING FOR THIS INTERNET CONNECTION! I WANT TO SPEAK TO YOUR MANAGER!”

    I learned this behavior from my mother. Thanks mom.

    Basically, if they charge for internet access, and most of them do, I get it for free if they attempt to block me. I’m not hacking into the FBI’s database, I’m just looking at S&W’s new products. If they don’t charge, it’s still fun to complain.

  • Mouse

    What a load of crap, I would have definitely raised Cain to them. Lol, Great Wall of China…

  • That clinches it. I am never going to a La Quinta again!

  • James

    Just a thought, might have more to do with paranoid airport security (it said airport hotel) than the chain itself.

  • CMathews

    If you use Mozilla Fire Fox there is an add-on called Foxy Proxy that I have had good results with in circumventing filters like this.

  • Blake Grady

    I was blocked at tyson’s corner mall (in VA) trying to go on TFB…

  • Petro

    Most hotels do not run their own internet–especially hotels that charge a fee for internet access.

    Most front desk clerks are, well, let’s just say that most of them are NOT working in the hotel to pass the time until their check from the Nobel folks for their contribution to physics comes in.

    Your average front desk clerk, night auditor or manager doesn’t set the filtering policy, doesn’t understand the term “filtering policy”, and wouldnt’ be able to set or adjust the filters if they could.

  • Matt Groom

    I don’t ask because I think they actually know or care about the filter, but if I’m inconvenienced, I want my internet access for free. I want the clerk to tell me it’s not a problem so that if it is, I can bust his balls about it.