Mar 4, 2009

Hide and Go Seek With Power Outlets at The Airport – A Rant

By the time you read this I will already be in Colorado working on a colocation facility build out. I am currently writing this from the San Diego airport while waiting for my plane. Just thought I would give you that little tid bit of info, so you know why I am complaining about this now.

I have been business traveling off and on for a few years now. Mostly with the Navy, and starting last year for my current employer. One thing has remained constant the entire time. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH FRIGGIN’ POWER OUTLETS!

Now, I was lucky enough to get to my gate with plenty of time to spare. I was one of the few lucky S.O.B.’s to find one of the three friggin’ power outlets available. Of course it wasn’t at my gate. No, it was two gates down! After sitting around tweeting, checking email, and browsing the net, two more people with laptops came up. One guy got his laptop out quicker than the other, and was able to get to the open jack before the other poor sap. Survival of the fittest at its best!

power-outlet Just stop and think for a minute. If you work for an airport, stop and think with me too. How many business travelers come through each and every day? How many of them carry laptops? Not to mention those that aren’t business travelers, and carry laptops, portable DVD players, or anything else that needs to be plugged in? I am thinking somewhere in the thousands. What about you? Do ya think two or three hidden power jacks is sufficient to support all those people? No, I don’t think so either!

Sure you might say, “Thats why you have batteries.” Well what if you are going to be on a four hour cross country flight, and you want to save those batteries for the plane? I guess you could always lug around multiple laptop batteries, but that is just too much of a pain to deal with.

Anyone else share this frustration? There is no way I can be alone on this one. Let me know your take in the comments!

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