03/04/2013 01:08 pm ET Updated Mar 03, 2014

Sleep In A Pod On The Fly

Fliers faced with a lengthy layover or delay can sometimes feel stuck in airport limbo. Exhausted from hours in transit, travellers without enough time to leave the airport will often pay to access a lounge or hunker down at a restaurant for free wi-fi.

But an additional option -- on-site sleep pods or suites -- is an increasingly popular amenity in airports from Europe to the United States. The concept can be traced to Japanese capsule hotels, first developed around 1980, and appeal to travellers looking to nod off or work in private without having to pay for a traditional hotel room or leave the airport.

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