Delta Airlines installing extra outlets in airports

Why is it so difficult for airports to put power outlets near the gates? It seems that each gate has at most one power outlet and it’s always located in a very inconvenient place – near the floor, by a garbage can, or something similar. A decade ago this may not have been a big deal, but today’s travelers bring all sorts of portable electronics with them from cell phones to laptops to tablets, and they all require charging after a few hours of use.

Delta, in their continued quest to improve customer service with their passengers, has announced that they will be installing two “re-charging stations” at each gate in nineteen airports across the United States. Each station will provide six standard 110 volt outlets as well as two USB ports to keep your electronics juiced. In addition, there will be recharging pads in the Delta Sky Club locations.

Gate area re-charging stations will be installed in the following cities: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and Salt Lake City as well as Boston, Columbus, OH; Hartford, CT; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Nashville; Norfolk, VA; Omaha, NE; Pittsburgh, Portland, OR; Seattle and St. Louis.

Earlier this year Delta announced in-flight Wi-Fi service through Gogo for only $9.95 and then partnered with Google Chrome to give the service away for free through the holidays. They are also allowing customers to book flights using Facebook and have started installing scanners that allow you to use your phone as a boarding pass.

Now if only Delta could find a way to improve the security checkpoints….

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Not the first. Samsung installed a bunch of extra outlets all over Orlando International Airport. Not to mention AirTran also did the Gogo things, including the free promotion with Google.

Unfortunately, all that for AirTran goes bye-bye when they are taken over next year by the cattle herders.

They need to have locking charging cabinets, as seen at some hotels in the UK and I'm sure elsewhere in the world, they have 2 compartment sizes one for phones/gadgets the other for notebooks.

The beauty of this is that you can goto your gate stick your goods on charge and go browse the shops, come back, unlock and your done!

xXTOKERXx said,
They need to have locking charging cabinets, as seen at some hotels in the UK and I'm sure elsewhere in the world, they have 2 compartment sizes one for phones/gadgets the other for notebooks.

The beauty of this is that you can goto your gate stick your goods on charge and go browse the shops, come back, unlock and your done!

I've never seen this, but it seems like a great idea. I'm sure some people would raise concerns about security though.

I think those outlets are for janitors to plug in their vacuum cleaners, not for passengers to leach electricity.

Last time I was at Melbourne airport here in Aussie, I had to ask someone to move because I needed the one power point I could find.

They were happy to move, but deadset, Melbourne is one of the major airports in Australia for business.

Nashy said,
Last time I was at Melbourne airport here in Aussie, I had to ask someone to move because I needed the one power point I could find.

They were happy to move, but deadset, Melbourne is one of the major airports in Australia for business.

I was in EXACTLY the same situation at Melb\Sydney airport last week.

I've noticed that (at MCO at least) Southwest has like 6 chairs per gate that have both normal power outlets and powered USB ports.

Nagamasa said,
My school has Wi-Fi, but only 4 socks in the classroom, 2 of which are behind the teacher's desk.

Go figure.

Back in my day we only had 2 socks at school. We had to take it in turns to take them home and wear them at the weekend.

/- Razorfold said,

A good amount of major airports in the US have priority security lanes for Delta medallion members:

Al Qaeda just signed up to be Medallion members. 8P

excalpius said,

Al Qaeda just signed up to be Medallion members. 8P

But nah you still have to go through the security check, but you get to avoid the queue.

/- Razorfold said,

Now if only Delta could find a way to improve the security checkpoints….

I recently travelled and had no issues with the checkpoints. I didn't even get a pat down or get to go through the X-ray machine. I feel left out.