If you’ve traveled much you’ve no doubt seen the road warriors at the gate crowded around the one electrical outlet, trying to get as much juice into that laptop battery as possible before the flight. That’s if they’re lucky enough to find an outlet at all, as most airports put the outlets as far from the gate as they can, just to make it challenging. Road warriors passing through JFK airport in New York will soon have all the power they need thanks to a new initiative at the busy airport. The Port Authority of New York is installing 50 eight foot poles with four outlets each all over the airport to provide free electricity to recharge all that mobile gear.
“One of our chief goals at the Port Authority is simple: Be sure our customers get the best service possible,” said Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia. “This Power Pole initiative – the first of its kind in the United States – is one of the many ways travelers at our facilities benefit from that credo.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “Many travelers now rely on cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices to stay in touch when they’re flying around the country and the world. When our customers told us they needed this recharging service, we moved quickly to provide it, and best of all, it’s free to use.”
Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “Our airport investments are always designed with our customers’ best interests in mind. We’re pleased to deliver these Power Poles to air travelers, and will continue seeking ways to make a positive impact on their airport experience.”
It’s great to see this type of service being offered free of charge in a busy airport like JFK.
(press release via jkOnTheRun reader Bob Scott)