[Tagging] Airport power and USB stations

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Thu Jun 18 07:28:43 UTC 2015

At a lot of tool stores they sell a cheap little metal tab that is a key fob, and it has various tabs along its sides that are shaped for standard and phillips screws (a tapered tab to fit into one of the slots on a phillips screw).

Put it on your keyring and you can open a lot more sizes of screws than a dime or single driver ever could. 

Just be aware that getting spotted "tampering" with the outlets - especially now since modern airports have hundreds of outlets for personal use - could land you in a small security room for a couple hours, or on a list.

And you allowed to map the location of the room while you're there ^_^


> On Jun 17, 2015, at 8:17 PM, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 7:23 PM, Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com> wrote:
>> One could tag every power outlet that seems to be in a public space.  For many years I charged my laptop at
>>> airports by finding the places the cleaning crew plugged in their vacuum cleaners.  But that sort of accidental
>>> charging station is of a different character to a designated place.
>> Why?
>> A random outlet is unlikely to be well positioned, maintained or universally usable for device charging. People
>> are free to map those outlets, but rendering should be able to choose if they are included.
>> I don't see these as the same feature at all.
> Before it became disallowed, I used to carry a flathead screwdriver (or multitool) for this task, as many floor mounted, and sometimes wall mounted, outlets are covered by a device designed to protect it from foot or cart traffic when not in use.  Now that such devices are disallowed from many public spaces where you're likely to be stuck busy waiting forever, I've found a quarter, dime or the head of a key often gets the job done...
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