Are things looking up, excuse the pun, for airline travelers in need of a charge?
Yesterday, as I waited to board a flight out of Atlanta's Hartsfield airport, I had the pleasure of re-juicing my laptop at one of Delta Air Lines' new 'Relax and Recharge' stations. The station, near the A-21 departure gate, offers diner-like stools and a long counter top. The power plugs are located conveniently above the counter, so you don't have to bend over to plug in and inadvertently flash a little fanny cleavage in the process (like the guy next to me did when picking up a coin).
Recharging stations are increasingly popping up in airports. United Airlines is installing power stations for travelers around O'Hare and Midway airports in Chicago. Salt Lake City's airport has installed power outlets throughout its public seating areas. Smarte Carte, the company that rents luggage carts in airports, offers airport recharging stations, called Charge Carte, for resuscitating laptops and other portable gadgets. And there's an entire wiki, AirPower, devoted to the topic of power outlets in airports.
Using Delta's Relax and Recharge station is free. But here's the rub: The only Wi-Fi network I could access at the station cost $8 a day.