This week, JetBlue debuted new nap pods at its terminal in JFK. The pods look like something from the movie Sleeper.

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(Disclosure, Tripping Over the World editor Laura Rowley works for JetBlue, but the company was not involved in this post.)

According to CNN, the pods are free for 20 minutes and “play rhythms designed to help bring relaxation and reduce distractions.” They were designed by a company called MetroNaps.


Late last year, we reported that the Munich airport has some very fancy-looking nap pods of its own. They’re quiet a bit more substantial than the new Jetblue pods, but they’re also not free.

In any case, both airports suggest this kind of thing is spreading, which is a positive thing for airports (despite this germophobic reaction piece from the New York Post).

In a pre-9/11 world where travelers could move more freely in and out of airports, something like this might not have been necessary. Today, however, you’re pretty much stuck on one side or the other of TSA. Longer security lines also mean travelers are more likely then ever to spend additional time at the airport.

That means new amenities like nap pods are an important part of the equation when it comes to making airports more fully functional spaces. Personally, a 20 minute time limit wouldn’t let me get much rest, but even so this shows airlines and airports are thinking critically about how to smooth the travel experience. And as I argued before, every airport really ought to have travel pods.

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


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