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Sleep Pods Are Becoming Increasingly Common At Airports
A place to nap strikes a chord with red-eye travellers(CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 433)
Sep 26, 2017 Style & Living
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In theory, overnight air travel should be wonderfully convenient. Instead of booking a hotel for the night and losing a day, travellers simply sleep while they fly. In reality, sleeping on a plane is hard, and at an airport tougher still. The chairs in terminals, nobody's idea of comfort to begin with, tend to have armrests that make stretching out all but impossible.

For decades, a thunderstorm or missed connection meant you might have to sleep in the airport, leaving frustrated travellers with a real dilemma: Is the boarding gate chair-curl worth a try, or is it better just to grab some floor?

Some airports are considering a better way to accommodate unlucky passengers while making some money in the process, so soon there may be less need for such acrobatics. Sleep pods are coming to more and more airports. Last month, Washington Dulles, the primary international airport for the US, put out a call for proposals for a company to provide "a quiet and comfortable place within the airport to sleep, relax, or work while waiting to board a flight that would be available 24 hours per day, year-round. The atmosphere should be similar to what a traveller would experience in a small hotel room or similar private area," the airport said in its pitch to potential operators.

Mexico City's airport has just added sleep pods with a space-age design for $30 a night. YotelAir, which offers pods in Amsterdam, London and Paris, is a touch more expensive at $42 for four hours. Dearer still is Minute Suites, which has operations in three American airport with a fourth coming later this year. Its prices start at $32 an hour. NapCity, which is yet to sign its first lease, will charge $45 for the first hour and a slightly lower rate after that.

The concept is not new. Japan opened its first capsule hotels in the late 1970s. But today sleep pods seem to be on the verge of conquering Western airports. And they have taken on a distinctly Western style, leaving behind the Asian model - which is often little more than a mattress and the minimum requisite space for a human body. Some have televisions, Wi-Fi, mobile phone chargers, plugs and charging stations and sell 150 items to go with your nap, such as toothbrushes. It was unclear whether such pods would be restricted to one person at a time, though YotelAir models can accommodate families.

That is great news for flyers. But the bigger question for the future of sleep pods is whether they make sense for airports.

What kind of problem do 'sleep pods' still have to sort out?
price
safety
hygiene
convenience
What other area may have a need for 'sleep pods'?
schools
train stations
hospitals
tourist attractions
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