A Call for Airport Outlet Etiquette

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  10.19.10 | 2:26 PM ET

Jennifer Saranow Schultz, the New York Times’ Bucks blogger, thinks it’s about time for some ground rules:

At many airports, it seems as if there is an unspoken first-come, first-serve policy with no time restrictions. To me, this doesn’t seem right. With outlets in such short supply, I’d like to see use limits, say 15 to 20 minutes, become the accepted unspoken norm. Or, at the least, I’d like to see people only use the outlets for quick charging or for work they have to get done and not just to watch a movie.

I don’t see things changing anytime soon. Several NYT commenters on the post point out that packing a power strip is a good interim solution.


Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.


1 Comment for A Call for Airport Outlet Etiquette

Mary Arulanantham 10.21.10 | 1:26 AM ET

The comments on the NYTimes page offer the solution of sharing via use of power strips, and sharing is always a good idea. But seriously, one person’s work does not automatically trump someone else’s movie. What if someone wanted you to give up your chair during a long layover, because they had important work waiting for them at their destination and they wanted to be well rested. I don’t think so. First come, first served, but share if you can. Good enough.

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