The only thing worse than an obnoxiously long layover or flight delay is trying to score some shuteye in the terminal. But not all airports are create equal. Thanks to a new ranking of airport "sleepability" by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports we have a wish list of where we do — and don't — want to be stranded.
Iceland’s Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF) earns the worst airport ranking. Attempt to get a few hours of shuteye there and you might wake up to a screaming security guard. According to the survey, which was filled out my frequent travelers, the airport's security guards are notorious for calling out nappers.
Up there with KEF is Italy's Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY), which only offers hard, metal benches for comfort and London's Luton International Airport (LTN) which the lights on and makes announcements all throughout the night. Some airports, such as Paris Beauvais-Tille International (BVA), lost points because they just don’t operate at overnight, irritating many travelers whose flights were canceled.
Stateside, the worst airport for snoozing is New York’s LaGuardia (LGA). The major hub is known for its frequent delays, yet never supplies cots to stranded passengers.
Now let's get to the great: In terms of airports that facilitate sleep, Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) was voted number one. Free massage chairs, designated sleeping lounges, amply power supply areas and a butterfly garden (!) were some of the factors that earned it the accolade.
Helsinki Airport (HEL) in Finland, meanwhile, offers futuristic GoSleep pods, which are cocoon-like chairs that shield sleepers from light and noise. The Munich International Airport (MUC) in Germany allows travelers to stay (for a fee) in a Napcab sleeping cabin with a bed and desk, where travelers can privately rest or relax before their flights.
The Tampa International Airport (TPA) is the best pick for American airports, where travelers rave about its ample carpet space (ideal for sitting or napping on the floor) and lack of nighttime nuisances such as light or noise.
We're not saying to pick your next destination based on the sleep-friendliness of the airports, but it shouldn't not not be a factor. Just something to consider.