Jabbrrbox: An airport lounge all to yourself
Haven’t quite got that executive club status or just find airport lounges overwhelming? A new concept has appeared in Terminal B of New York’s LaGuardia Airport that could be the answer. Meet Jabbrrbox. These windowed booths can be rented to gain access to Wi-Fi, USB charging, mood lighting, flight trackers and audio speakers in a private space. Currently, access costs $10 for 15 minutes, $15 for 30 minutes and $30 for an hour. The idea was born when co-founder Brian Hackathorn found himself marooned in midtown Manhattan, with nowhere to make a work phone call. Starbucks was too noisy, plus he didn’t want to have a confidential conversation in public. He envisaged a new concept: “The idea of an on-demand, reservable eco-system of private spaces,” as his co-founder Jeremy Jennings describes it. At the moment, passersby can see into the box while it’s in use, so creators are testing the use of screens to add privacy. If they take off, the days of using airport delays as an excuse to avoid work could soon be a thing of the past.
overwhelming – (especially of an emotion) very strong
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