Feel the Sahara Desert's Heat from a Booth in a Stockholm Airport
Arlanda Airport in Stockholm just added a new experience that will make dragging yourself through security that much more rewarding. Its “Climate Portal” is a futuristic-looking booth that gives travelers a sample of the current weather in their destination using real-time data.
The Portal uses wind generators, temperature controllers, audio-visual cues, and other effects to simulate destination-specific situations. The entire experience is split into three rooms—hot, cold, and big. While those traveling through Arlanda obviously won’t have access to the climate simulator while packing, you can at least know whether or not you’ve made a big mistake in terms of what you’ve filled your baggage with.
This is an eye-catching addition, but the overarching idea of it is where the real innovation comes into play: bringing a destination to the traveler, instead of the other way around. The group in charge of running Sweden’s main airports describes it best: “A direct link to the whole world.” The booth will be open through August for travelers making there way to, from, and through Stockholm.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.