A couple of years ago, the Home Warrior and I took a fabulous vacation to Puerto Rico. On the way home we were re-routed, so that instead of flying through Dallas we flew through JFK. As we live in Texas, this made for a much longer trip. On the flight to JFK I started reading a very entertaining Steve Berry book, but after just about thirty minutes my Kindle died. Bummer. But the Home Warrior saved the day! Not only did he randomly bring my Kindle charger, he also brought our DC plug converter (similar to this one)so I was able to charge my Kindle on the plane and continue reading my book. Woohoo!
Since then, I’ve always double checked to be sure my electronics are charged before a trip. Yes, the DC plug converter was handy, but they’re not small. I would rather use the space for something else, so if my computer dies on a flight I just have to deal with it.
However, a couple of months ago on a flight from Toronto I happened to notice that the plane had real, actual plugs! I was able to use my computer for three hours, no problem. It was great! After that flight I noticed them on most of the planes that I checked. “All of these planes have had real plugs!” I thought. “Surely that means that American updated their entire fleet!” Aaaaaaaaaaand I started to count on them.
So then two weeks ago, I flew to Manila. The flight back was so long that my phone just couldn’t make it, and the battery died. And we arrived late, plus there were crazy long lines in customs. I literally had to cut in line at security and then run in order to make my flight. Of course, there was no time to stop and plug in my phone. No opportunity to call my husband and let him know I’d made it back to the country safely but would be later than expected getting home. “But don’t worry!” I told myself. “I can plug it in on the plane!”
Alas, my assumption that all the planes had been updated was wrong. My plane from DFW home had a DC plug. Not that it was a huge, huge deal—it just meant I had to call him from the car once I landed, an hour and a half later. I could see it being an issue for people who had a longer connecting flight, though. (Although, I have to admit—since I hadn’t talked to my husband in almost two days, it made me sad to have to wait that extra hour and a half.)
Even with my recent experience, I don’t plan to start traveling with a DC adapter. I will just go back to making sure that my devices are charged before my flight, and if I get lucky and there’s a regular plug on the plane it’s a bonus.
Readers, do you count on being able to plug your electronics in while flying? If so, do you travel with DC adapters?