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Where are the Sleep Pods in Airports, Already?

We’ve all been there — it’s a snow storm, rain delay or mechanical issue and you’re stranded in an airport. Your flight is delayed or cancelled with no solution in sight. Your only hope to get some sleep is sitting up in an uncomfortable plastic chair, surrounded by others attempting the same thing. Then, the thought hits you in a moment of hangery and exhausted frustration, ‘I would give my first born to comfortably lay horizontally for even just a few minutes! When will someone invent sleeping pods for airports already?’ Well, the time is finally here. A number of companies are cornering the market in accessible sleep units. Unfortunately getting them into airports is another matter.

Sleep pod options for business travelers

A well-rested employee is a happy employee. Along with taking vacation, people who sleep well are more productive. This may be why we’re seeing a trend of sleep pods in offices. Business travelers need this rest as well. Below are a handful of sleep pod companies entering airports.

  • izZzleep- Opened sleep capsules in the Mexico City airport earlier this year. It includes hourly rates, nightly rates and even showers.
  • Yotel Ltd.- A mini-hotel operator which can be found in four European airports. You can find Yotel at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, London Gatwick Airport, and London Heathrow Airport.  They also offer mini-hotel options in New York, Boston, and soon San Francisco and Singapore, with hopes to be opening in American airports soon.
  • NapCity- Found in the Munich airport, they offer a tiny escape with a small bed, internet access and tv. Charges are calculated on the actual time of use. And the cleaning staff is notified to sanitize and clean the cabin after each session.
  • MinuteSuites offer comfortable cabins to nap, relax or work. They can be found at the Hartsfeild-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Sleep pods in airports

With so many companies entering the field, why are sleeping pods in airports not a common and frequent occurrence. As Skift describes in a recent article, there is often resistance from the airports themselves. Revenue is the driving factor against commonplace sleep pods. Why sleep when you could spend time in a bookstore, duty-free shop or restaurant? This is especially conflicting since most sleep pod companies would prefer to be located inside security checkpoints, directly competing with these other options.
Another obstacle, is disrupting the relationships between airports and the nearby hotels. When cancellations and delays hit airports, these hotels are bombarded by the wary traveler. What happens to them if efficient sleep pods care readily available without leaving their gate? How does this affect local ground transportation companies too?
Most sleep companies are asking for a longer-term lease commitment, in order for airports to realize the proper return of the business model, says Jo Berrington, a vice president at Yotel. She also said in the Skift article that the company’s ideal airport business size is about 60 – 150 cabins. Can you imagine a sleep pod colony of this size?

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What to Do on Your Layover–Airports Aren’t Just For Changing Planes Anymore

I can still remember the day I took my first flight. I was about seventeen years old and flew United Airlines from Flint, Michigan to Colorado Springs, Colorado to visit my brother who was in the Army.

Our layover was in Chicago and I had three hours to kill before I had to make my connection. Back then (this was 1972, mind you) there really weren’t very many choices along the concourses. I remember waking past two or three bookstores, a few fast food restaurants, and a couple of ice cream shops. And of course there were a few of the typical souvenir shops trying to sell Chicago trinkets to any traveler that walked by. I quickly decided where to eat for lunch and then headed to my gate. To my amazement, I still had two hours to wait so I opened up a book to pass the time. It was also a good opportunity to people watch.

It’s been quite a few years since that first flight and airports sure have changed–or rather, evolved–over the years. Now, if time permits, you can enjoy a nice, sit down meal at some of the finer restaurants. There are electronics stores where you can purchase the lastest gizmos and gadgets. There are also stores where you can purchase some of the comforts of home, like that neck pillow or phone charger you left sitting on the kitchen counter. Most airports now offer Wi-Fi and some of the larger airports even have spa services, sleeping and shower facilities, or just a place to relax away from the crowds.

If you’re curious as to some of the best (and worst) airports around the world and what they offer, you can find a full airport guide HERE.

You can also find a list of the world’s best airport amenities (like wedding services, concerts, and shoe shines!) HERE.

If anything, it makes for some interesting reading while you’re waiting for your next connecting flight!

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Airport Fitness Craze

Have you ever wanted something to do besides read, eat, or people watch while waiting in the airport for your connecting fight?
Well, some airports are now offering wellness options like yoga, golf, and health clubs to help pass the time. Even hotels located within airports are, in some cases, offering passes for anyone seeking to maintain their fitness routine while on the road.
Hopefully the corporate traveler will find these options beneficial in recharging those road warrior batteries.

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Best and Worst Airports in America

As business travelers, you probably already have a sense of which airports you love and which to avoid at all costs. Well, J.D. Power and Associates has made it official. They took a nationwide survey and asked passengers to rate airports on 27 specific attributes to evaluate six factors: Accessibility, Check-in, Security, Terminal, Food & Retail and Baggage Claim.
 

There were ten airports that received the top scores in all six categories. They are:

1. Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) 6. Kansas City International (MCI)
2. Denver International (DEN) 7. Portland [OR] International (PDX)
3. Minneapolis/St. Paul International (MSP) 8. Tampa International (TPA)
4. Orlando International (MCO) 9. Indianapolis International (IND)
5. Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) 10. Southwest Florida International (RSW)

 
Do you agree? Any guesses on the worst?
 

The ten airports that received the worst scores in all six categories are:

1. Newark International (EWR) 6. Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)
2. Los Angeles International (LAX) 7. LaGuardia International (LGA)
3. Miami International (MIA) 8. Boston Logan (BOS)
4. Philadelphia (PHL) 9. Washington Dulles International (IAD)
5. John F. Kennedy International (JFK) 10. San Jose International (SJC)

 
Poor New Yorkers…here’s hoping that your business travel takes you to the Detroit Airport instead!