Airport flash ethnography guide

Posted on | April 23, 2015 | No Comments

If you are in transit over the next few weeks, help out our research project by sending some notes from the departure lounge! Below is a set of prompts to think with as you wait for your next connection. We would be so grateful to have your input for our archive. We are especially interested in differences across cultures. How is device power experienced locally?

AIRPORT

DATE / TIME

LOCATION OF OBSERVATION
(e.g. gate area, food court, corridor, private lounge, etc.)

YOUR AIRLINE

YOUR FLIGHT ROUTE

YOUR ANTICIPATED FLYING TIME

WHAT’S HAPPENING?
(e.g. Flight on time? Delayed? How long have people been in this space?)

WHAT’S THE SPACE LIKE?
(e.g. Cramped? Empty? In-between?)

DID YOU CONNECT TO THE AIRPORT WIFI?

HOW ACCESSIBLE IS THE WIFI?
(e.g. Free for anyone? Fee Based? Watch advertisements?)

WHERE ARE POWER OUTLETS LOCATED? (e.g. Part of the seating? On support poles in the middle of the space? Along the walls?)

HOW MANY OUTLETS?

HOW ARE OUTLETS BEING USED?

– Are people staying with the device/s being charged?

– Are they charging multiple devices?

– Are there social interactions taking place around charging?

– Anything meaningful you notice about the chargers: age, gender, demographic details?

– How long are they charging for?

– Are they using the device while charging?

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