Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Airports Make Room For More Device Charging Stations

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jun 12, 2012 11:34 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

iPad
At airports, travelers try to find anywhere to plug in their devices like iPads.(Photo : .)

Technology is used every day by millions of people, but as far as technology has come, most devices still need to be charged. Considering many devices are app-heavy like iPads , iPhones, and other tablets and smartphones, batteries drain pretty quickly.

During desperate times, people will do anything to juice up their device batteries. Nowadays it isn't a rare sight to see someone sit in a public bathroom or hallway while waiting for their device to charge. One place where technology users frequently charge up is at airports while they wait for the next flight during layovers. Being able to charge a device is especially important to business travelers who do work from computers or need to make business calls on the go.

Share This Story

Due to the increasing demand for power, or battery life, airports are working to accommodate those whose batteries die too quickly and those who even start fights over outlets with other techie travelers.

USA Today reported that in a 2010 survey the Airports Council International-North America found that 56 of 89 airports reported having electric charging stations for passengers, yet the number is continuously growing and airports are adding more charging stations.

The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport just added 240 outlets and 204 USB ports. They even created a section of 36 sets of padded chairs with tables that include two outlets and a USB port for charging devices.

Over the past few months, Seattle-Tacoma International airport added 114 charging units which each contain two outlets. By the end of the year, they plan to add 300 more.

As part of the $2.4 billion expansion of Terminal 3, Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport will include several outlets on the floor near seating areas. There are also plans to add more outlets to the C concourse as well.

Airlines, such as US Airways, Delta Airlines, and Virgin America will add more outlets to their individual gate areas at certain airports, although they feel that providing these sources is more of the airport's responsibility. They just want to accommodate passengers so there will be more customer satisfaction and less of an inconvenience to travelers who only have access to limited power sources.

At New York's LaGuardia Airport, US Airways will add work spaces to their gate, which will include charging stations with outlets and USB plugs, as well as provide customers with access to tablets like iPads. This will begin early in 2013, but there are plans to create similar work spaces at other airports

At 19 airports, including Atlanta, New York's JFK, and Memphis, Delta Air Lines installed two power stations at each gate, which consists of six outlets and two USB ports.

Virgin America decked out its base of operations at San Francisco International Airport with laptop work tables, outlets and Wi-Fi. Virgin America also added more outlets at Chicago O'Hare and wireless induction chargers, which allow users to charge their devices without having to plug them in.

 This summer, Alaska Airlines will increase outlets at its gates at in Seattle from 30 to 200. They also plan to add more outlets to other airport hubs throughout the summer.

 

 

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Lima, Peru

A Travel Guide to Peru: Things to Know

Peru is a cultural hub filled with unique sights to see, amazing cuisine, a plethora of activities, and is definitely somewhere worth putting on your travel bucket list, but there are a few things to know before planning your trip.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

4-year-old Pennsylvania girl leaves home, alone at 3 a.m. just to get a slushie

4-Year-Old Girl Slushie: Pennsylvania Girl Shocks Passengers At 3 A.M., Left Home Searching For Slushie

4-Year-Old Girl Slushie – On Friday, a raincoat-clad 4-year-old girl from Pennsylvania shocked a driver and his passengers after she boarded a public bus alone at 3 a.m. in search of a slushie, according to transportation officials Sunday.

Father and his two sons, five daughters ranging from 6 to 15 years old died from carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Maryland: Neighbors Shocked By Tragic Death Of Father, 7 Kids, Electric Meter Removed?

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Maryland – Neighbors were shocked after carbon monoxide poisoning killed a father and his seven children in their one-story Maryland Eastern Shore home Monday. The 8 victims of the carbon monoxide poisoning Maryland were reportedly poisoned by accident in their sleep from a gas-powered generator after utility disconnected a stolen meter at their rental home, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Firefighter Falls Through Roof, Gets Intense Support Across US

Firefighter Falls Through Roof: Hospitalized, Gets Intense Support Across US

A firefighter falls through roof and is now in a critical condition after tackling a house fire in Fresno, California, according to the BBC. The firefighter falls through roof when the roof of the burning house gave way, engulfing the man in flames.

Turkish flight diverts to Casablanca due to second bomb threat in two days

Turkish Airlines Bomb Threat: Emergency Landing Made, Second Bomb Threat In Two Days?

Turkish Airlines Bomb Threat – A Turkish Airlines flight made an emergency landing Monday after finding a bomb threat, making this the second time in two days that a flight was diverted because of a Turkish Airlines bomb threat.

South Pacific nations of Tonga, Samoa rattled by strong earthquakes

South Pacific Earthquakes Rattle Several Nations, Small Tsunami Follows

South Pacific Earthquakes – A pair of strong earthquakes rattled the South Pacific nations of Tonga, Samoa and Papua New Guinea Monday. The South Pacific earthquakes resulted in a small tsunami, frightening locals near the epicentre. However, there had been no reports of damage or injuries so far, reports USA Today.

One person killed after two men dressed as women tried ramming a stolen SUV through the NSA gate

NSA Shooting: One Killed, Another Severely Injured, Two Men Dressed As Women Rams N.S.A. Security Gate, No Terrorism Involved

NSA Shooting – One man was been killed while another was severely injured and taken to a local hospital after a shooting occurred at one of the main gates to the US National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland. An NSA police officer who was injured during the NSA shooting was also taken to the hospital.

Florida church in shock after church van crashes into canal, leaving at least eight dead

Florida Van Crash: 8 Dead, 10 Injured After Van Crashes Into Canal

Florida Van Crash – According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at least eight people were left dead while 10 others were severely injured after a van crashed early Monday. The Florida van crash occurred when a church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and ultimately landed in a canal in southwest Florida.

Atlanta Falcons fined $350K

Atlanta Falcons Fined $350,000 For Fake Crowd Noise, Loses 5th Round Draft Pick In 2016

Atlanta Falcons Fined – The Atlanta Falcons have been fined $350,000 for pumping artificial crowd noise home games inside the Georgia Dome in 2013 and 2014, according to the NFL. Not only were the Atlanta Falcons fined the hefty amount, but they will reportedly be forfeiting a fifth-round draft pick in the 2016 draft because of the violation.

Marco Rubio Presidential Announcement Set On April 14

Marco Rubio Presidential Announcement Set On April 14, At Freedom Tower

Marco Rubio Presidential Announcement – The Freedom Tower in downtown Miami has been reserved by Senator Marco Rubio on April 13 for an undisclosed event. The Miami Herald reports that the venue appears to be a potential spot for Marco Rubio’s presidential candidacy announcement.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics