Travel Why Airports Have Carpet

23:27  14 november  2017
23:27  14 november  2017 Source:   Travel + Leisure

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As MentalFloss explained, many airports have gate areas that are carpeted . Why ? Because it turns out there's a benefit to relaxed passengers that airports are sure to appreciate: Travelers that are both happy and relaxed tend to spend about 7 percent more money on retail around the airport and 10

Here, Carpets for Airports ' self-described CEO and summer intern George Pendle tells CNN about hidden meanings to be found in the world of wall-to-wall furnishings. " Why breathe?" However, if you're wondering how I gained my interest in airport carpets , my "road to Damascus" moment

a group of people standing in a room © Getty Images If you spend enough time traveling, you may start to wonder about the many aspects of airports.

Take, for example, that most airports are carpeted. You would think that terminals should for the most part be designed with hard floors to keep travelers and their wheeled luggage moving quickly and to make it easier for airport staff to keep it clean. But as it turns out, carpeting is one of the many ways airport planners can affect your mood — and your behavior.

As MentalFloss explained, many airports have gate areas that are carpeted. This simple design element helps to keep travelers feeling more relaxed before takeoff, because carpets provide a “soft, cozy feeling, like you might find in your own living room.”

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A typical view of the Portland airport ’s old carpet on social mediaMichael Morgan via Flickr. “Take a pic of your feet on the carpet ,” texted my sister. Why would people feel nostalgia for something that’s still here and seemingly trivial?

"Yes, other airports have carpets , but right now people seem to think we have a masterpiece of a welcome mat," says PDX spokesperson Kama Simonds. Why not just take out the carpet and replace it with hard flooring?

GALLERY: The worst US airports for holiday travel (provided by The Daily Meal)

The Worst US Airports for Holiday Travel: <p>Air travel can be very grueling, and it will probably only get worse as more regulations, <a href=such as the most recent TSA screening rule regarding food and electronics, are put in place. Just the ordeal of packing, getting to the airport on time, going through check-in, security, and then boarding is enough to tire a person out. All of that gets amplified, however, during the holiday season. The holidays are a time when many people are traveling to spend time and celebrate with family or friends and a lot of families with children are taking advantage of winter break. This means airports are that much more chaotic, that much more tiring to go through. Due to the volume of travelers, and sometimes weather conditions, delays and cancellations are far more frequent. At some airports, they almost feel guaranteed.

Finance technology company SmartAsset conducted an analysis in which they took a look at every airport with at least 4,000 domestic flights scheduled for December from 2012 to 2015. Each airport was ranked according to three factors: cancellation rate, delay rate, and the average time of those delays. Those rankings were then averaged, giving half weight to delay rates and full weight to both cancellation rates and average length of delays. The airports were then given a score out of 100, with higher rankings meaning they had longer delays and a higher percentage of cancellations and delays. We've compiled a list from that data to help you determine which airports to avoid this winter, as these US airports are the worst for holiday travel.

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The Worst US Airports for Holiday Travel

Carpeting — along with lower ceilings, more natural lighting, and comfy seating — encourages relaxation among travelers who are very likely to be stressed, according to as Fast Company.

Why? Because it turns out there's a benefit to relaxed passengers that airports are sure to appreciate: Travelers that are both happy and relaxed tend to spend about 7 percent more money on retail around the airport and 10 percent more on duty-free, according to airport market research company DKMA.

It even goes beyond interior design. As Mental Floss noted, many airports are also adopting more unorthodox methods of finding pre-flight serenity like adding spas, yoga rooms, and even therapy dogs to their terminals.

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Why do typical hotel carpets —the sort you encounter in a standard Hyatt or Marriott-type room—feel so weird? With the constant churn of guests and conference attendees, hotel carpets suffer a lot of wear and tear; perhaps only airport carpets receive more weathering.

Sydney Airport (SNY). Warning! This carpet has a highly toxic weft and is known to have poisoned travellers who have casually walked upon it in bare feet. 31 Oct 2016, 3:34pm. Why are people in Cambridge buying cans of Beijing smog?

To keep you spending, airports also tend to keep around fewer kiosk employees, according to Skift. A survey by NCR found 40 percent of respondents would prefer to avoid human interaction when shopping, meaning you’re far more likely to see an unmanned kiosk than a store full of employees the next time you're at the airport.

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