Abu Dhabi Airport Installs 'Sleeping Pods'

Published 05/08 2013 02:54PM

Updated 05/08 2013 02:57PM

For those times when you have a few - or agonizingly many -- hours between flights and you just want the world to go away, one airport invites you to go to bed right there in the middle of the terminal.

Abu Dhabi International has just unveiled sleeping pods - chairs that convert into flat beds, complete with sliding shades that can fully enclose the slumbering travelers inside and isolate them from noise, light and curious fellow passengers.

Still in the launch phase, the pods will ultimately feature Internet access, storage for luggage and charging stations for electronic gadgets. All those creature comforts and amenities come at a price, of course. Fliers can rent the chairs for about $12 an hour using a credit card.

The airport says it's the first in the world to use the Finnish-designed "GoSleep" pods.

"(It's) the very latest passenger experience that embraces the latest technology," said Mohammed Al Bulooki, chief commercial officer of the Abu Dhabi Airports Company, in a statement.

Ten pods are already in place in two of the airport's terminals, with 35 more to be added later this year.

The concept is getting mixed reviews from frequent fliers.

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