Out with the old, in with the new. Three banks of pay phones at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have been converted to charging stations for electronic devices, a small upgrade big on symbolism and commentary on our changing times.
The switch adds 184 outlets and USB ports in concourse D, an effort aimed at reducing plug-jockeying at the gates of JetBlue, Delta, United, U.S. Airways and Air Canada. The outlets replace previously removed phones that used to dangle inside the silver kiosks mounted on the walls.
"Adaptive reuse," joked Jonathan Dean, spokesman for the airport.
In 2012, PC World magazine ranked BWI Marshall among the Top 10 "techiest" airports in the U.S., according to a news release. The airport, which last year added a number of charging stations and USB ports, plans to add more later this year.