Last week I reviewed the American Airlines Admirals Club in Buenos Aires.
The club itself is gorgeous. The food offerings are far better than I would have expected.
I thought the lounge wasn’t big enough for the number of guests at peak times, and I found it strange that a new-build lounge for an American flag carrier wouldn’t have North American-style power ports.
Comment Agnel said,
If I remember correctly, the US style outlets are prohibited by code in Argentina. My mom was doing some renovations in her condo and they couldn’t put them in.
I managed to confirm this with American.
- American did want to put in these power ports, but were not permitted to do so.
- There are loaner adapters available in the club. Just ask an agent to borrow one.
I think this could be made more apparent, either with a sign at the desk when entering the lounge or by being proactively offered an adapter (though I imagine that many passengers will forget to return them).
Still, a fear of foreign power outlets seems like an extreme concern. Other countries around the world permit universal outlets, and outlets of a standard other than the most common one in the country. The newer the international departures lounge, the more common this is.
Interestingly, fear of foreign power ports isn’t listed among the various phobias at Wikipedia and isn’t listed on their page for xenophobia either. Perhaps it should be.