Los Angeles — Samsung Mobile, a division of Samsung Telecommunications America, has partnered with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and airport advertising contractor JCDecaux to bring mobile charging stations to all terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
“As the number of personal electronic equipment has exploded during the past few years, both business and leisure travelers have requested more electrical outlets in our boarding gate areas to recharge equipment while awaiting their flight departures,” said Patricia Tubert, LAWA deputy executive director of real estate and economic development.
Samsung has installed 51 of these stations, which a company release described as 8.5 feet tall and “pole-like,” throughout the airport’s eight terminals to allow travelers to re-charge their mobile phones, laptops and other personal electronics for free.
Each station features four 120-volt outlets and a small shelf intended to hold electronic equipment.
According to a release, LAWA is providing the electricity for the stations.
Samsung said it is sponsoring the stations at LAX as part of the airport’s in-terminal advertising program. Pete Skarzynski, Samsung Mobile senior VP, said that the company is sponsoring the charging stations at LAX to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary.
Jean-Luc Decaux, co-CEO of the airport’s advertising contractor said that the stations “will provide a unique service to over 60 million travelers annually at LAX, as well as valuable brand exposure for Samsung.”
A Samsung spokesperson told TWICE that the company also installed 50 similar charging stations in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in December and that it sponsors eight “mobile lounges” at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The spokesperson said Samsung currently has no specific plans to install charging stations at any other airports but that it is still “evaluating” the program for the future.