Sleeping Pods Change Sleeping in Airports

June 24, 2013 by

Sleeping at Airport

In the past, sleeping in airports was for backpackers traveling on a shoestring budget, but nowadays, with early morning flights, cancellations, and long layovers, it is not unusual to see travelers of all ages trying to get some sleep at the airport.

While a travel pillow can make sleeping in an airport chair doable, the wave of the future may be sleeping pods. The Al Dhabi Lounge has recently installed 10 sleeping pods in Terminal 3 and has plans to add another 35 later this year, but they are not the only airport equipped with sleeping pods.

Al Dhabi Sleeping Pods

The pods at the Al Dhabi airport are in their initial launch phase. They are designed as chairs that convert to a private bed that lies flat. Once all of the pods are installed, they will be upgraded to include secure storage for luggage, a place to charge laptops and other electronic devices.

At present, the cost of using a sleeping pod is around $12 per hour.

Munich Airport Napcabs

Munich Airport Napcabs

Munich Airport Napcabs

The Munic Airport has Napcabs in Terminal 2. These look more like cubes and are like a small room where people can enjoy privacy, a cot-size bed, a wake-up function, and a place to store carry-ons. Napcabs are also equipped with an iPhone or MP3 connection.

Payment is by credit card, and the cost is calculated by the minute. Rates are based on the time of day.

  • 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. €15/hr.
  • 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.: €10/hr.

Airport Minute Suites

A number of airports offer minute suites which are equipped with a daybed sofa, fresh blankets and pillows, an alarm clock (wake-up calls available), HDTV, and a desk with an office chair and airport WiFi direct connection. Minute Suites are available at:

  • Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Concourse B at Gate B15)
  • Philadelphia International (Terminal A-B Link)
  • Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (Terminal D at D22)

Minute Suites charge $34 for the first hour and $8.50 for each 15 minutes after that. There is a one-hour minimum.

Of course those who are traveling on a budget may not want to spend the extra money, but sleeping pods do provide a potential oasis during a long layover.

Photo credits: Debs (ò‿ó)♪’s photostrea, napcabs

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  1. Ruby T. says:

    These would be ideal when dealing with delayed flights for a few hours. After that, though, the costs are high enough for a full night that you’d be better off in a nearby hotel room.

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