But something good has happened there, too. They’ve just completed installing 10,000 power outlets across their 3 concourses.
That’s probably not even enough but it’s a good start.
The $4.7 million project began last November and added 2,424 “power hubs,” which each feature two standard 120-volt electrical plugs as well as two USB receptacles. In total, 9,696 individual “charging points” were added, according to the airport.
Denver says the new charging stations “provide nearby power options in virtually every public seating area on the concourses.”
They’ve also spent $2.5 million to upgrade their public wifi.
Denver International Airport at Sunrise, Copyrightarinahabich / 123RF Stock Photo
Getting work done, and getting devices charged before a flight, are two of the most important things an airport can help its travelers accomplish. With long security lines (and Denver is known for some of the worst), passengers come to the airport earlier and often find themselves waiting past security.
To make the most of a flight, whether working or consuming entertainment, power matters. And devices drain quickly. It’s why I usually carry a compact power strip — so I can share a single outlet with multiple devices, and with other passengers.
Gargoyles are said to guard baggage claim in Denver. There’s rumored to be a nuclear testing site under the airport (there’s not, really). But what appears to be true is that the airport is finally ready to support travelers no matter where they’re headed, even if it’s to a galaxy far, far away.
Credit: Denver International Airport
Now if they could just bring the airport closer to the city center, speed up security lines, bring the car rental lots closer to the airport, and get it to stop snowing so often in winter we’d really be talking!