Recharge: The Top 5 Airport Work Stations in North America

No matter if you’re travelling for business or pleasure, airport work stations come in very handy. Consequently, many airports globally are taking into consideration that people need to keep up—and charge up—with the electronic world. After all, work doesn’t stop just because you’re at the airport. As a result, airports have added work stations to their lists of amenities.

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All things considered, a work station is anywhere that you can sit down, plug in and create your little office at the airport. Above all, they need to have a plug and a decent amount of room to work. For example, we found five North American airports that 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:

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PHOTO: SFO Airport

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 charging while you work.

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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. Ultimately, all three airports have spacious work stations that offer stools, tabletops and many have USB ports too!

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PHOTO: American Airlines

3. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

As part of American Airlines re-vamp of DFW, making a more convenient and straightforward 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. In addition, there’s also plenty of natural light to keep you alert and focused.

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PHOTO: Chicago Airport

4. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Chicago O’Hare has some of the best workstations in the U.S. As a result, all of the workstations have seats and plenty of counter space plus plugs to charge your electronics while you work. In fact, each table has four to eight places and they have wheelchair accessible workstations in Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5.

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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 28 three-sided “Get Plugged In” kiosks in all three terminals and lobby area.

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A couple of 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!
  • Avoid being a seat hog. Don’t spread your belongings out all over the workstations – other people are trying to get some work done!
  • Please, 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 find another plug.
  • Do not leave your electronics unattended. There’s always that chance your device could end up with a one-way ticket without you.

UPDATED: October 31st 2017

Melina Morry

Associate Editor of Vane Magazine who has a knack for travel style, a love for leopards and is always keen to pack a suitcase and fly to a different part of the world.

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