Rubber Plugs for Empower

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  1. Infinite1K
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    I was on a United 757 the other day and saw that the empower connector was covered up, not with the usual beige metal strip, but a black rubber cover.

    At first I was mad, because it looked like it was yet another seat that used to have power and now it didn't. But upon closer inspection, the rubber cover was more of a flap, and once lifted the empower connector was actually fully functioning.

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    Anyone else seen these new rubber flaps for the empower connectors?
     
  2. Scottrick
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    I haven't seen those. Perhaps its a response to a liability issue (though DC isn't exactly a safety risk). On a side note, is there any news on if/when UA will be modifying their fleet to have AC ports like CO's newer 738s and 739s? That's the kind of change I'd like.
     
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    I've never seen them...but my guess is that it would be to keep out crumbs &/or liquids. I haven't heard any news of fleet modifications to include regular AC ports, but the new international J & F seats do have them. My guess is that they'll be added only if the seats on these birds get an upgrade as well.
     
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    I've seen the little rubber covers on several a/c and to me it is a welcome sign when I see it vs the little metal plate as more often than not, the rubber cover means em-power is working ;)
     
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    Do any CO domestic planes have electrical outlets in coach? Particularly the 767s?
     
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    All of the U.S. 767s have EmPower in rows 16-23. I think the Mike versions are a little different.
     
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    The 76H has power only in the mini-cabin and forward.

    Has anyone else experienced repeated failures of the empower system to actually be functional on the UA 752s? I think I'm at about 2/6 in getting a working one recently, including no love on Wednesday when I could've used it.
     
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    Do any planes carry the conversion kits? It is absurd these days to have power that cannot be accessed and to expect us to have these archaic devices.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the CO duty-free cart sells the adapter. They definitely used to.

    I reported the troubles with the UA system via UALsurvey.com and got a $250 TCV and a promise that they'd try harder.
     
  10. Hartmann
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    On a 320 they had put a metal plate over where the outlet was.
     
  11. Jslo
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    Here is a teaser- I have an empower setup even in a little case with all original stuff I have had for about 2 years. I probably only used it 4 times. The small black bag that holds the stuff says iGo. It has the airplane adapter, the car adapter, a bunch of tips, all works great last time I used it. I think it is an iGo Everywhere85. I just don't use it very much and it's taking up space.

    In the interest of all things MilePoint and my esteemed fellow travelers/airborn colleagues, I am offering free to a good MilePointer. PM me and for goodness sakes if you see my posts around like me :) or throw me some drink coupon or karma or club pass or SPG50 or whatever. Nothing required, happy to give.

    If anyone wants it or can use it PM me.
     
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    iGo flight power adapter gone to a good new home. Thanks for PM's and cheers.
     

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