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Hey airport architects, why not design more power outlets in seating areas? | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Hey airport architects, why not design more power outlets in seating areas?

airport power sources or lack there of

I’m sure there are airports out there that have realized that a majority of business travelers use laptops since they all offer pay as you go wifi services. The thing is, it’s kind of hard to use wifi if your power supply is limited b/c you can’t find a power outlet. That was me this afternoon walking around trying to find a place to plug in my laptop in Toronto. I had to spend a couple hours at the airport and it was not easy to find an outlet that was halfway down a hallway. So on the fluke chance that you’re actually taking an American Airline’s flight in Toronto and you find this post, there’s one decent outlet near the restaurant in B12. But it seriously baffles me that wifi providers don’t realize that they need to power the laptop’s if you want people to use wifi.

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  • john

    I believe it has something to do with discouraging people from staying put too long and giving the impression that there are long waits. The same idea as putting armrests in those terminal benches so people can't lay down and take a nap. It is frustrating as all get out though.

  • http://www.michaelholdren.com Michael Holdren

    Is it the airport, or the airlines? I just flew from Texas to New York and back last week on Southwest airlines and I noticed that all of Southwest's gates had an ample supply of power outlets at tables or chairs, but not in the walls. I've flown American a few times in the last year and was very disappointed that they had hardly any power outlets at their gates. Got me to thinking that it's the airlines that can set up their gates however they want.

  • gamma888

    this makes me wonder who gets to pay for the electricity at the outlets? airlines or the airport itself? 😉

  • ursonate

    It's the airport. They don't want to increase their infrastructure costs.
    It's the airlines. They will want to figure out how to charge for outlets.
    It's the wifi providers. How do they know the people using their outlets are wifi users?

    A couple of years ago I ended up doing a conference call in the Las Vegas airport on the floor behind a staircase next to a Starbucks because that's the only outlet I could find at the moment.

  • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

    The new Jetblue terminal at JFK actually has a lot of them … Pretty sure it's the first terminal I've been in that's been built in a Wifi world.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    After reading your mention I noticed a ton of jet blue ads on the 4,5 & 6 yesterday as I bounced around the island. Too bad they don't fly to Canada…