The days of sleeping on the airport floor or curling up on metal seats may be over, as Abu Dhabi installs sleeping pods in its airport terminals.
The "GoSleep" sleeping pods are a far cry from being forced to bunk down on the airport floor after your flight is cancelled or delayed. Touted as a "world first," the pods are high-tech chairs that can converted in to private beds in the airport terminal.
Complete with a partial or fully enclosed sliding shade to separate you from the hustle and bustle of airport crowds, ten of the pods have been installed in Terminal 3 and in the Al Dhabi Lounge in Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with another 35 on order.
After a pilot test phrase is complete -- to see whether disgruntled or tired passengers are willing to pay AED 45/hour ($12) to sleep -- the chairs are due to be upgraded to include a secure storage space, Internet access and sockets to charge electronics.
Commenting on this initiative, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, said "The instalment of these innovative new convertible chairs highlights ADAC's commitment to using the latest technologies to improve airport facilities, ensuring that passengers have the best experience whilst visiting Abu Dhabi International Airport."
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