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Airport naps as innovation
That is good news for travellers. But there are reasons for airports to resist
Airport operators and security teams will be most interested in the technological services of contest winner Alitheon, but being able to grab a bit of shut-eye when you’re stuck at the airport ranks high on most every traveler’s wish list.
The self-contained, plug-in Sleepbox units are just as their name describes: efficiently designed 45-square-foot boxes with a window to the outside and, inside, a bed, storage space for carry-on luggage, a wireless stereo system, fold-down work table, wall mirror, lighting and electrical outlets. Units come in three sizes: basic (“InnerSpace”), single or double.
“We think we have a solution that can eliminate one of the worst airport experiences,” said Peter Chamber, Sleepbox chief operating officer and co-founder.
The original design called for the unit to have self-changing sheets, with a new set unwinding from a bed-linen roll out after each use. And while Chambers still likes that idea, the current design has an attendant doing clean-up duty.
Positive reaction and a flurry of “We need this now!” press coverage in response to a prototype Sleepbox set up for three months in 2011 at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow and success with a hotel-use set-up in Stockholm convinced the creators they had a good idea.
Of course, they aren’t the first to have it.
Frequent travelers may remember Laptop Lane from the late 1990s. The company rented fully equipped private mini-offices with desks, computers, Wi-Fi, walls and locking doors in, eventually, about two dozen airports nationwide. While these units didn’t have beds, they were often rented by travelers who needed a place to nap.
For a short time in the 2000s, stylish sleep pod chairs from Metro Naps, with special sleep music and a gentle wake-up program of lights and vibrations, were available to weary travelers at Vancouver International Airport.
Prices and stay requirements vary for each style of napping nook, but today travelers will find sleeping cabins by NapCabs in both Munich Airport and Berlin-Tegel Airport in Germany, GoSleep sleeping pods in the Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports and Minute Suites — equipped with daybed sofas, HDTV (that can be used as a computer) and work tables — in Philadelphia International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The Yotel hotel chain also offers airport sleeping cabins with beds, work spaces, TV and private bathrooms (with showers) in London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Chambers believes there’s room for the Sleepbox concept in the airport (and hotel) napping market in the United States and says the company recently presented its proposal to install Sleepbox units in a former airport lounge at a major U.S. hub.
The Airport Shark Tank win offers Sleepbox needed exposure and credibility, said Chambers. “It’s always difficult getting a new idea into an airport, but being part of AAAE’s start-up accelerator program will help match us up with airports where we can pilot the project.”
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