Alaska Air adds power outlets at airport gates

Michelle Theriault Boots

Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday that it has installed 200 electrical outlets at its airport gates in Anchorage, Seattle and Portland, making it easier for customers glued to smartphones and tablets to charge them while waiting to board flights.

Each outlet includes a 120-volt plug-in and two USB ports to charge mobile devices, the company said in a press release.

Anchorage International Airport now has 60 more plug-ins, according to the company.

The power project is part of an Alaska Airlines initiative to "make travel easier," both on the plane and in the airport, said spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey.

The company looked at their waiting areas and found room for improvement, she said.

"We saw customers looking under chairs and trying to find places to plug in."

The carrier also said it plans to install extra outlets at gates in other major airports.

There's no word yet on whether other Alaska airports will be on that list.

The announcement comes on what industry experts say is the busiest travel day of the year.

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