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Published: Sun, February 18, 2007
Technology | By Lena Tucker

Airports to Charge for Laptop Power

I have written before about power access in airports so it should come as no surprise that I was outraged when I read that airports are going to begin charging travelers for access to power outlets.

How much? $3 for 30 minutes, according to Carlson Wagonlit Travel's CWT Traveler e-newsletter and USA Today. One of the companies providing this "service" is Minnesota-based Smarte Carte, who's known for charging travelers a few bucks for access to carts to transport luggage from baggage to your car.

This is the WORST idea I've seen in a while. Cities should not allow their airports to penalize business travelers by forcing them to pay for power. It's insane!

Over time, It will surely become more difficult to find open outlets in airports with Smarte Carte power outlets installed since that would cut into the vendor's profits. Contractually, the airport will probably have to waste money putting caps on non-Smarte Carte publicly accessible outlets. Ever seen a FREE luggage cart in an airport with Smart Cartes installed?

Whoever approved the installation of Smarte Carte power outlets at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport or any other airport I fly through is not welcome in my home unless they're willing to pay $3 for their place setting and $1 if they'd like to turn the light on while using the bathroom.

Attention airport managers: treat your travelers like you'd treat your friends. We are guests in your home and would like to be treated the way we'd treat you as guests in our homes.

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