BWI’s payphone booths repurposed for the smartphone age

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Pay phones have been converted to charging stations at BWI Airport. (Photo courtesy of BWI)

You knew them as phone booths. Your kids will know them as charging stations. And their kids? Who knows?

The folks at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have figured out a way to better utilize those old payphone kiosks that in an age of the smartphone really don’t get all that much use.

According to news release, they’ve repurposed them:

“The three new charging stations are all located on Concourse D at BWI Marshall,” the release notes.  “In total, the charging stations offer 184 new outlets and USB ports for passengers to charge their cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other personal electronics.  The specific locations for the new charging stations are: adjacent to Gate D7, across the Greene Turtle restaurant; adjacent to Gate D20, across from the food court; and adjacent to Gate D23, near the Be Relax spa.”

The payphone to charger station conversion is part of the airport’s effort address the growing electronic needs of their passengers.  Last year, the airport’s electrical outlets were updated to include USB ports. If this wave of 184 outlets aren’t enough — take heart — more stations will be put into place later this year.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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