Many moons ago Doug Parker, Scott Kirby and the gang at US Airways went through a cleansing process where they threw off pretty much everything they could on their planes to save on weight (ultimately leading to fuel savings). They also chose not to install power ports on those older planes to save on weight.
I ended up on a US Airways A321 yesterday in seat 1A. I scored the last upgrade on a Wednesday afternoon flight on a not terribly popular route, which should also tell you how hard upgrades are to score nowadays.
I think that’s the first time I ever sat in 1A on one of those birds and I observed this at my feet.
Talk about old school power! That’s the closest you’re going to get to power ports in those older planes, and I imagine they’ll be in the fleet for a while longer.
All kidding aside, I think it’s almost a requirement that planes have power for customers nowadays considering the amount of people bringing devices onto planes. I’m thankful to get 6 or 7 hours of battery life out of my MacBook Pro and thus not need to play “power port lottery” on most of my flights.
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