Ire In The Airport

Dear denizens of America’s airports,

Seating at airports is abundant.  Seating next to power outlets is not.  Those seats represent a very small percentage of the seats in a terminal.

If you are sitting at a seat with a power outlet and napping or otherwise not using the power outlet, you are wrong.  Please be better.


About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • chigau ()

    I plug in my lap-top and then fall asleep.

  • fastlane

    Good luck with that. That’s as much a pipedream as getting slow drivers out of the left hand lanes on the interstates.

  • Daemian Scherza

    There are now the little Samsung “towers” in many airports, but they are like the little dutch boy with his fingers in the leaking dyke. Aside from the clueless fast-lane-dawdlers who sleep next to these, shouldn’t we just have more of these things in 21st century airports?

    But wait! This is 21st century America and we can’t afford anything. Our airports are mostly worthy of the third world. Look at Dulles, the Nation’s capital!

  • P Smith

    Here in Taiwan at the High Speed Rail stations, the same problem exists. People stand around the computers tables blabbing to each other or eating instead of using the counters without them.

    JT didn’t say it, I’ll bet those with computers using the plugins are courteous to other users, because that’s what happens here. People with gadgets are willing to share the space and the facilities. It’s not a rich/poor thing (not if you can afford the price of these train tickets!) but it sometimes seems like passive-aggressive behaviour by those who don’t have gadgets.

    I don’t drag a laptop around when I travel on the island, I just want to top up the battery on my MP3 player while I’m waiting for a train. Even for a small device, it’s amazing how discourteous people can be, even when you’ve said “please” and “excuse me”.


  • SabsDkPrncs

    Honestly, I just don’t think about it. It never occurred to me to even charge up something at the airport until I started living overseas and started flying more than once a year. Even if I’m sleeping (I won’t be, but whatevs) just ask me to move, I will. But once you talk to me, I’ll probably ask you to watch my stuff while I go get a drink (I know, terrorism AH!)

  • Otrame

    The new terminal at the San Antonio airport has plugs at every seat. Those lousy towers are an attempt to retro-fit, and they are a major fail.