It is proper Netiquette to plugin away from foot traffic. Don't get in the way.
There are usually multiple places to plug laptops in at hotspots, including home and work. Places that people walk through are considered high foot traffic areas. Cords may cause people to trip, yourself included. Tripping on a laptop cord may hurt someone. It may be pulled from a table causing damage. Drinks could get knocked over.
Personal safety comes before digital devices. Watch out for laptop cords because most users plug them into electrical outlets. Watch your step in Hotspot, Libraries, and anywhere else Laptops are used.
Choosing the plug closest to the actual device is usually the best option. If it crosses a high foot traffic foot path, sitting somewhere else is another option. Using the battery is another.
Keep cords away from walkways because they may cause injury or damage.
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