Airport Outlet Etiquette

Ok, so here’s the deal.  When you are hanging out at an airport waiting for your plane to depart please don’t sit in a seat next to a power outlet if you’re not going to use it!  This drives me freaking nuts.  I got out to the airport pretty early today.  My flight didn’t leave until 4:30 (supposedly) and I was standing at the gate at 3:00.  Once I saw the flight was delayed about 45 minutes I decided to get a bit of work done.  One problem… There were no free seats next to the power outlets in Atlanta Airport.  This drives me nuts.  There should be an abundance of power outlets in the airport.  Everything is rechargeable now, so come on guys.   Anyway, I had to search around for an available outlet.  I finally found one outside the women’s restroom.  Not a bad place to sit b/c there was a lot of traffic ;), but kind of uncomfortable after about 30 minutes…


Anyway, the moral of this story is…  If you don’t need a power outlet, don’t sit in a seat that is within 20 feet of one.  I’ll guarantee you there is a person with a laptop sitting next to the bathroom somewhere who would like to have your seat.


  • Common sense ;) - buy a Pentium-M laptop and an extra battery and enjoy hours (up to 7-8 in my case WITH wireless on) of freedom :)

  • Why not ask the person to find another seat. I'm sure most people would be more than happy to accomodate you if you ask nicely?

  • i totaly agree

    antoher issues that airport power sockets have:

    -without any power

    -damaged so the plug falls out

    -unreachable under the check in desk

    -simply not exists

    - to be continued

  • OHMYGOD - can't do without a power socket? Get a life!

  • I'm looking for some sort of online resource that lets me know which airports are good and which bad for outlets. I know, for example, that O'Hare/Chicago is horrible for outlets.

  • Hmm, I'm designing an airport now. Will keep in mind the need for lots of extra outlets.

    Any airport over a few years old would only have enough for building maintenance at 50' intervals. And adding extras in the waiting areas would cost hundreds maybe thousands per outlet to add now.

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