JetBlue Ups Airport Sleep Game With JetNap Napping Pods
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JetBlue understands it’s near impossible to catch a nap on those uncomfortable airport chairs with strangers sidling up next you as you all anxiously await your flight. The airline thinks it has the answer.
This week the airline announced it was unveiling sleeping pods at New York's JFK Airport called JetNap.
Essentially, you ditch the ordinary, ho-hum seats that are comfortable for all of five minutes for what looks like a futuristic pod where you get a 20-minute nap for free, provided you can actually relax with all of New York watching you as you enjoy this new innovation.
The following video highlights the design produced by MetroNaps:
Arianna Huffington got to try one out. And social media seems to be enamored with the idea.
This looks great. You can rest up for 20 minutes and don’t even have to stare at your fellow humans while you do it.
Thankfully, the pod experience is free, because there are mixed reviews.
The New York Post’s Elizabeth Rosner has had better naps, writing, “I’m not going to sugarcoat it: JetBlue’s new nap pods are a nightmare.”
Rosner goes on to state that the idea is nice, but there are hiccups: “Once inside, I was bombarded by an array of airport aromas, lights and sounds that were not blocked out by the privacy visor like JetBlue promised. To make things worse, I was forced to leave my bags in an out-of-sight storage bin, which felt like it could be easily accessed while I drifted off to dreamland for 20 minutes.”
The article paints a grim picture of a stressful experience that will go a long way to heighten anxiety, not relieve it.
Ah, but that’s one person’s thoughts on the matter. Soon there will be droves getting naps four at a time.
JetBlue explains that each pod is ergonomically designed and features: “A privacy visor ensures serene seclusion as soothing rhythms from the built-in speakers reduce background noise; nappers can also plug in their own headphones for even more seclusion.”
And, as noted there are storage bins for your belongings — although there is no mention of how secure it might be.
Now napping while strangers mill about is hardly the epitome of stress-free sleep. But this will undoubtedly be an outlet for some who simply crave a little shuteye during the sleep depriving practice of travel.
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