Travellers Have New Stations to Plug in and Charge up at Huntsville Airport

Posted on: 12:45 pm, November 19, 2013, by , updated on: 01:07pm, November 19, 2013

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For anyone who visits the Huntsville International Airport and uses an electronic device, there are $63,000 worth of new conveniences there.

Six new charging stations throughout the airport give new meaning to the phrase “hot spot.”

“When you travel as much as I do, you’re always looking for a place to charge stuff,” said Kevin Jackson of Priceville.

“As soon as we got the first one up, I would say within five minutes, it was full of people plugged in and using their devices,” said Chantel Minish, a spokeswoman for the airport.

She said the new equipment includes eight power outlets and eight USB ports at each station along the concourse and in the public waiting area.

Plus, crews installed USB ports to 18 existing power outlet stations throughout the airport.  Minish said it was just the logical next step to what the airport already provides there.

“We’ve been providing free wifi for many years,” she said.

Travellers say larger airports have similar charging stations, but they aren’t always accessible.

“You can’t get to one because everybody’s using them,” said Jackson.  “So, [the charging stations at Huntsville International] are very nice to have.”

And the airport had impeccable timing in installation:  just as the Federal Aviation Administration did away with a ban of using electronic devices during taxi-ing, take off and landing of a flight.

It’s also worth noting the new equipment came at no cost to the flying public.
The airport took the funds from its budget.

2 comments

  • James says:

    What travelers?

  • Frank says:

    It is about time Huntsville. Last time I flew out of Huntsville I tried to top off the charge on my phone before my flight. Of the accessible outlets throughout the airport, I could not find a single one that had power!!! Ridiculous for the airfares charged to fly out of Huntsville. I had a layover in Dallas and there were charging stations and outlets through the terminals. The seating areas at the gate had electrical outlets and USB outlets between the seats.

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