Don’t you hate it when you’re stuck at an airport and there’s no good chair to sleep in? Some airports such as the one in Dubai, actually have some proper loungers, but usually you have to make do with whatever you can get. And believe me, trying to wrap your legs around the armrests, your head propped on your duty free shopping bag while trying to block out the incessant stream of announcements and keeping one eye open to watch your valuables, isn’t easy.
However, that could be a thing of the past very soon. In the not so far future you might be able to hire a sleep box if you feel the sudden urge to catch some zzz’s while you’re in transit or waiting for a delayed flight.
Russian architecture bureau Arch Group has designed the sleep box of which demonstration models were recently introduced at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The pods are based on the Japanese sleeping capsules you find at train stations there (mainly used by stranded business men after a wild night out with the colleagues, or so I have been told.) These sleep pods are a bit bigger than these claustrophobia inducing capsules. They are about 2 meters long, 1.4 meters wide and 2.3 meters high. They have two bunks that measure two meters in length, there is a window, a desk, space for luggage, lights, sockets and much more. It just really is a hotel room in a compact box. They can be rented for as little as 30 minutes and prices are expected to be around 10 USD per hour.
These sleep pods are so compact and easy to install that they could be placed right at the gates for instance. Which means a lot less travel time in the morning as you can roll right from the comfort of your pod bed straight into your (not so comfy) seat on the plane. I just hope that those bunks are not too snuggly as I for one would probably still manage to miss my flight.