Bowing to demands from passengers toting along a plethora of power-hungry devices, United Airlines is installing 500 charging stations in the seating areas at several airports in the U.S.
Each charging station offers access to six, 110-volt power outlets and two USB ports, letting passengers charge multiple devices simultaneously.
The charging stations feature a large "power outlet" icon to assist passengers in quickly locating the units in gate areas.
Laptops, mobile phones, e-book readers, tablets, and video game players have become ubiquitous. But battery life has not kept pace necessitating the need for frequent charging to keep the devices going. For harried passengers worried about whether there will be enough juice in their iPhone or MacBook Pro when they reach the destination, United's new charging stations should be welcome news.
United's charging stations are coming up at many of the airports the airline serves.
Top on United's list is O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, where the airline is headquartered.
Concourses B and C at O'Hare will have 110 charging stations.
In the coming weeks, the airline plans to set up charging stations at its Houston, Los Angeles, Newark and Washington Dulles hubs.
Soon to follow will be New York LaGuardia and Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.
If you ask me, United's charging stations are at least five years late given the proliferation of laptops, mobile phones, video game players, e-book readers and lately tablets. Well, as the saying goes, better late than never.