No matter if you’re travelling for business or pleasure, airport work stations come in very handy. Many airports globally are taking into consideration that people need to keep up (and charge up) with the electronic world, even while at the airport, and have installed work stations all over their terminals.
Essentially, a work station is anywhere that you can sit down, plug in and create your own little office at the airport.
These five North American airports have spots for you to take a seat with your computer in a spacious area and get down to business, blogging, gossip site reading or twitter stalking.
The top 5 North American airport work stations:
1. San Francisco Airport (SFO)
SFO is one of the best airports in North America in all aspects – meditation rooms, healthy eating, places to shower and now also places to work and charge up. There’s free wi-fi at San Francisco Airport, 125 outlets in Terminal 1, 388 outlets in Terminal 2, 750 outlets in Terminal 3 and 200 outlets in the International Terminal. There are also long tables with outlets for you to set up your laptop and keep is charging while you work.
2. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
These three have got to be categorized together – they all fall under New York & New Jersey’s Customer Care Program. At JFK there are dozens of outlets to plug in your cellphones, ipods, tablets, computers and any other portable devices you’ve got with you at most of the gates – similar with EWR and LGA. All three airports have spacious work stations that offer stools, tabletops and many have USB ports too!
3. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
As part of American Airlines re-vamp of DFW, making a more simple and convenient passenger experience, they’ve added workstations throughout the terminals that have tabletop space for your laptop and plugs to keep fully charged while you use it.
4. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago O’Hare has some of the best workstations in the U.S. All of the workstations have seats and plenty of counter space plus plugs to charge your electronics while you work. Each table has four to eight seats and they have wheelchair accessible workstations in Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5.
5. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
You would have a hard time not finding a place to plug in and work at PHX: there are 240 power outlets, 204 USB ports and 36 sets of work tables and chairs (with more outlets and USB ports) located in all three terminals. The airport has also recently added an additional 28 three-sided “Get Plugged In” kiosks in all three terminals and lobby area.
A couple tips for using airport work stations:
- Don’t hog the plugs. When you’ve reached full battery, unplug your phone and let other people charge theirs too!
- Don’t be a seat hog. Don’t spread your belongings out all over the work stations – other people are trying to get some work done!
- Don’t unplug other people’s electronics. If someone’s phone is at 95% and yours is only half charged, just wait your turn or go find another plug.
- Don’t leave your electronics unattended. There’s always that chance your device could end up with a one way ticket without you…