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There are little things that frustrate a frequent traveler more than running out of phone power on the road. I use my phone for almost everything on the road, from making dinner reservations at open table to playing words with friends. But when you are out of juice, it’s game over.
Some airlines try to help recharge your batteries, in more ways than one. For instance, Delta has select flights (767, 757, 737) with power outlets. While American Airlines has power outlets or adapters on most of their mainline planes. Having a power outlet on a plane is reason #2 of 8 why I think American Airlines first class is better than Delta’s.
Since I was heading to Tampa on a Delta 757, I was going to take readers advice and try to find the elusive Delta power outlet.
Delta 757 Ride To Tampa
As I boarded the 757 with wing tips to Tampa, I thought “this is a great opportunity to charge my iPhone battery.” I was excited to see the 757 had wingtips and thought this may be one of the few planes with a power outlet.
Quest For The Elusive Power Outlet
The quest began at the window arm rest. I checked the side, but all I found was the reclining button and an audio port for 12 music stations. I wasn’t discouraged, so I moved to the next logical place the outlet could be located.
Next I checked the side of the center arm rest, but again, no luck.
Then I looked way down low as one reader suggested. All I saw was a black laptop bag.
Next I checked the front of the middle arm rest. Again no dice.
I made one last look at the window arm rest, but this time from the front.
There was little hope at this point, so I looked towards the ceiling and was reminded that Delta just doesn’t have power adapters when you need them.
American Airlines Difference
It’s not hard to locate a power adapter in AA first class on a 757. Simply look in the middle between the seats. Not the cleanest power outlet, but it’s there.
What I Did Find
I looked everywhere for the elusive Delta power outlet, but I just couldn’t find it. When I thought there were no more surprises for me with Delta, they went and totally redeemed themselves.
I know a certain Points, Miles & Martinis reader who will likely give Delta a call after seeing this picture. Check out the new air fresheners, a la Seattle’s Best, in the lavatories.
Finding a power outlet on one of Delta’s flights is like trying to get a bottle of Glelivet on an American Airlines flight, it just isn’t there when you want it. But if you look closely, you may be surprised to find something, even if it is not what you are looking for.