• Guests at some airports can catch a nap before catching flights

    2014-07-25

    For most people, spending time waiting around in airports is just a necessary evil standing between them and their vacation. One company is trying to make passing the time easier, giving travelers the chance to sleep away their layover, or at least escape the crowds at the terminal for a while. Minute Suites now operates a sort of airport hotel service at three locations - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Philadelphia International and Dallas-Forth Worth International - renting rooms to passengers by the night or the hour. The rooms contain beds, televisions, computers and work spaces. They also feature individual temperature controls and are insulated to block out the noise from the airports around them. The company has said that they are popular for student travel, offering a place to get work done.

    ​Sleep and a shower
    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International was the first airport to feature the sleeping service, opening suites in two of its domestic terminals. The company's newest suites are expected to arrive at two international terminals at the airport in Georgia in 2015, according to WSB-TV. These new rooms will feature showers, perhaps helping guests feel a little better about their jet lag-inducing flights.

    The Minute Suites location in Dallas-Fort Worth International, the most recent airport to offer rooms for rent, was the first U.S. suite to provide the amenity. Shower suites are not uncommon in airports outside of United States travel destinations, according to NPR. When asked about the possibility of giving travelers a place to clean up last year, the company's co-founder Daniel Solomon told the news source that it was not a priority at the time. However, that soon changed with the introduction of the Texas location.

    Council's concerns
    Last year, Minute Suites announced plans to expand to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, its fourth location. According to NPR, Chicago aldermen originally balked at the idea. The company's business model of paying by the hour seemed to strike them as scandalous, inviting guests to use them for less wholesome purposes than catching a little rest between flights. However, they were eventually reassured by the business' argument that the rooms would be staffed by security and only open to ticketed passengers. Since the suites are meant to be used for a quick nap - or an overnight respite in the case of delayed flights - they leave little room for anything but relaxing, in any case. In fact, one traveler, Bernie Kampf, told the news source that the suites reminded him of receiving an MRI scan.

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