United Airlines says it has embarked on an initiativeto install nearly 500 electronics charging stations at airports across its network.
The move, of course, is to cater to the ever-increasing number of passengers who fly with devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. Many fliers have turned to those devices as a primary source of in-flight entertainment, especially on shorter domestic flights on which airlines may not have individual seatback screens.
United's hub at Chicago O'Hare will be the first to get the power outlet overhaul. The carrier will add more 110 than charging stations in Concourses B and C by the end of March.
United says charging stations will be added at its Houston, Los Angeles, Newark and Washington Dulles hubs "in the coming weeks."
United singles out New York LaGuardia and New Orleans as other airports slated to get the new charging stations
"Our customers have told us they depend on their electronic devices to stay productive and connected at 35,000 feet, and that requires a full battery," Jimmy Samartzis, United's VP of customer experience, says in a statement. "From installing charging stations to expanding access to in-seat power and Wi-Fi, United is working to deliver a more flyer-friendly travel experience for our customers."
United says each of its new charging stations will have six 110-volt power outlets and two USB ports. United says a "sleek design" that includes a large "power outlet" icon and prominent United branding will help its customers find the stations in its gate areas.
Southwest, Delta and several other U.S. carriers also have added a number of charging stations at airports across their route networks.