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(USA Today)   I know you were worried that airlines wouldn't be able to find any additional things to charge you for, but you needn't have been concerned   (travel.usatoday.com) divider line 25
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2012-06-12 10:42:09 AM
I like to criticize the airlines as much as the next guy, but it's the smartphone manufacturers putting battery life at the bottom of the feature list. It is - quite literally - impossible to find a modern smartphone that can last a full 24 hours of heavy use (the type of use that comes with traveling) without recharging.

Which is why I carry one of these:
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2012-06-12 12:07:43 PM
The putting them in old payphone booths isn't a bad idea, at least for airports old and non-rennovated enough to still have payphone booths. If they really wanted to go all out they could have complimentary ethernet ports as well for anyone that needed a high-speed connection.
 
2012-06-12 12:17:15 PM
I carry a power strip with a 15 ft extension cord in my backpack, it's damn handy to have at the airport.

Scuse me person using the single outlet, may I plug in the power strip and share?

Saves stress when i go to conventions and the place doesn't provide adequate power connections as well.

/yes my backpack is heavy, but the cord isn't the only reason why
 
2012-06-12 12:52:11 PM

Babwa Wawa: I like to criticize the airlines as much as the next guy, but it's the smartphone manufacturers putting battery life at the bottom of the feature list. It is - quite literally - impossible to find a modern smartphone that can last a full 24 hours of heavy use (the type of use that comes with traveling) without recharging.

Which is why I carry one of these:
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I need to get one of those. I've been to some airports where it was damn near impossible to find a place to plug in my phone.
 
2012-06-12 12:58:05 PM
Yep, have a 4500mAh external for anything that can be charged/run off USB. Even with my old 3GS, I get 3+ full charges out of the thing.

Have a pocket surge protector with USB ports for the little stuff, and three full sized prongs. Makes life a LOT easier, and it's incredibly small, which makes for easy traveling.
 
2012-06-12 01:55:50 PM
From TFA:

"I held my ground as passengers stepped over me to board," says the Salisbury, Vt., Road Warrior and management consultant.

OK, so Ken Tichacek is a dick. I can appreciate needing to get work done while on the road and limited battery life making things difficult, but at least TRY to minimize your impact on others. I'd have been tempted to whack the asshole with a carry on.

There's more than enough small auxiliary batteries for devices nowadays (as others have pointed out) that will get you through a flight or so. Or maybe just take a couple hours, stay unplugged, and chill the fark out- all these folks I see scrambling over power outlets so they can work can't possibly be near as important as they think they are.
 
2012-06-12 02:23:39 PM

akula: I see scrambling over power outlets so they can work can't possibly be near as important as they think they are.


I agree that this guy's a cock. And I agree that you need to minimize your negative impact on others (that goes for everything in life), and that there's a time to take just unplug and chill. But just because you feel pressured to work while on the road doesn't necessarily mean you think you're important. It could mean that you just need to get some friggin work done.
 
2012-06-12 02:30:21 PM

akula: OK, so Ken Tichacek is a dick. I can appreciate needing to get work done while on the road and limited battery life making things difficult, but at least TRY to minimize your impact on others. I'd have been tempted to whack the asshole with a carry on.


Yeah, when I look for a plug in, I try to make sure I'm not going to be in anyone's way. People are irritated enough at the airport and I don't want to be that asshole who makes things more difficult for everyone else.
 
2012-06-12 02:32:50 PM

Babwa Wawa: It could mean that you just need to get some friggin work done.


Could be, but I always wonder about their battery management practices when it comes to people fighting over outlets. I just find it hard to believe that there's THAT many people out there hammering both their laptops and their smartphones all friggin' day without having the slightest opportunity to plug in (be it in an office, cafe, or whatever). No, instead, they end up making fools out of themselves competing for outlets in difficult places.

The dick in TFA even admitted to unplugging a water cooler so he could get his fix. That's not being shrewd, that's being both irresponsible AND inconsiderate. You're a traveler, not the arbiter of what deserves to be plugged in.
 
2012-06-12 02:52:47 PM

akula: Babwa Wawa: It could mean that you just need to get some friggin work done.

Could be, but I always wonder about their battery management practices when it comes to people fighting over outlets. I just find it hard to believe that there's THAT many people out there hammering both their laptops and their smartphones all friggin' day without having the slightest opportunity to plug in (be it in an office, cafe, or whatever). No, instead, they end up making fools out of themselves competing for outlets in difficult places.

The dick in TFA even admitted to unplugging a water cooler so he could get his fix. That's not being shrewd, that's being both irresponsible AND inconsiderate. You're a traveler, not the arbiter of what deserves to be plugged in.


I would step on his lappy or phone and look back like I DGAF. He'd stop this BS once this has happened.
 
2012-06-12 02:59:24 PM
generally I just turn on my laptop and charge the phone with a USB cord.
 
2012-06-12 02:59:55 PM
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So if I have a three prong plug, I'm out of luck?
 
2012-06-12 03:04:12 PM

akula: Could be, but I always wonder about their battery management practices when it comes to people fighting over outlets


Fair enough. I spend quite a few hours a week in the air or in the airport, so battery life is often on my mind. A little planning ($35 for an aux battery charger and $15 for a mini power strip) allows me to avoid being a dick for the most part.
 
2012-06-12 03:41:49 PM
Hmm, hasn't WN had those bar Height counters with various power ports in most of their terminals for ages?
 
2012-06-12 05:23:23 PM
FTFA: "Growing trend"

Growing?? No, I've needed outlets on trains and airports for at least a decade.

The guy above who brings a power strip with him? That's awesome, and I'm stealing that.

I don't travel as much as I used to, but I'm pretty sure that Pearson now has plugs under every other seat in all terminals.
 
2012-06-12 05:24:38 PM
Ken Tichacek is a douche.
 
2012-06-12 07:51:56 PM
Nowhere in TFA do I see any mention of the airlines or airports charging (in the monetary sense) for the charging (of the electrical variety) they're doing. If anything, this trend is [Spiffy] not [Stupid]. Especially when they have a nice charging point located a short distance away from the boarding lane to save me the trouble of giving our self-proclaimed "road warrior" a well-deserved boot to the head.
 
2012-06-12 08:04:49 PM

sure haven't: FTFA: "Growing trend"

Growing?? No, I've needed outlets on trains and airports for at least a decade.

The guy above who brings a power strip with him? That's awesome, and I'm stealing that.

I don't travel as much as I used to, but I'm pretty sure that Pearson now has plugs under every other seat in all terminals.


I grabbed mine at a hardware store. Heavy cable, metal body, I wrap the cord around the body and toss it in the bag
it looks a lot like this

I did get mine from Lowes, but you should be able to find one like this sort of thing elsewhere.
 
2012-06-12 08:32:11 PM

dbirchall: Nowhere in TFA do I see any mention of the airlines or airports charging (in the monetary sense) for the charging (of the electrical variety) they're doing. If anything, this trend is [Spiffy] not [Stupid]. Especially when they have a nice charging point located a short distance away from the boarding lane to save me the trouble of giving our self-proclaimed "road warrior" a well-deserved boot to the head.


This. My local airport not only provides free wifi, but has several sets of seats around the airport with power-sockets built directly into them.
 
2012-06-12 09:00:44 PM

dbirchall: Nowhere in TFA do I see any mention of the airlines or airports charging (in the monetary sense) for the charging (of the electrical variety) they're doing. If anything, this trend is [Spiffy] not [Stupid]. Especially when they have a nice charging point located a short distance away from the boarding lane to save me the trouble of giving our self-proclaimed "road warrior" a well-deserved boot to the head.


I think that was the joke.
 
2012-06-13 06:10:49 AM
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Even just one of these tossed in your bag would do in a pinch.
 
2012-06-13 08:03:32 AM

dbirchall: Nowhere in TFA do I see any mention of the airlines or airports charging (in the monetary sense) for the charging (of the electrical variety) they're doing. If anything, this trend is [Spiffy] not [Stupid].


Aw, they're so cute when they're young and naive, aren't they?
 
2012-06-13 09:55:46 AM

The Smails Kid: dbirchall: Nowhere in TFA do I see any mention of the airlines or airports charging (in the monetary sense) for the charging (of the electrical variety) they're doing. If anything, this trend is [Spiffy] not [Stupid].

Aw, they're so cute when they're young and naive, aren't they?


"Recent demand for additional power has affected our ability so deliver a product of consistent quality that our customers have come to expect. As such, we are reluctantly introducing a Charge charge, wherein you will be charged for the charge your laptop, tablet, or other device acquires during charging. Once your charging device is charged, you will be subject to a disconnection and termination fee; these fees are designed to enhance convenience for our customers. Thank your for flying our airline."
 
2012-06-14 04:17:10 AM

loonatic112358: I carry a power strip with a 15 ft extension cord in my backpack, it's damn handy to have at the airport.Scuse me person using the single outlet, may I plug in the power strip and share?Saves stress when i go to conventions and the place doesn't provide adequate power connections as well./yes my backpack is heavy, but the cord isn't the only reason why



Huh. This is exactly what I came here to say. I thought I was the only one who carried a power strip in my carry on.
Great minds.......
 
2012-06-15 10:17:07 PM
Sacramento's new terminal has regular outlets + USB charging ports all over the farking place.
Oh, yeah. Free Wi-Fi, too.
 
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