Should You Pay For Airport Electricity?

While connecting through Dallas/Ft. Worth airport, blogger Cory Doctorow noticed these $2 per use electrical outlets, presumably targeted at those looking to charge their laptops during layovers. He was able to find non-paying outlets elsewhere in the airport, but “wasn’t sure if security would try to shut [him] down” for trying to use them.

Doctorow suggests that, while Dallas/Ft. Worth is a hub for those flying cross-country, tech-savvy travelers might want to chose the free electricity and laptop-friendly atmosphere of Chicago’s O’Hare airport instead. Makes sense to me — why route yourself through an airport where you’ll be charged to work while you wait for your connecting flight?

Have you traveled through Dallas recently? Do you really have to pay to plug in?