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The night before my travel, I report to the airport and
check in to my cubicle in the Japanese style hotel. I watch
a movie, check the internet and then go to sleep. During
the night, I and my fellow passengers are picked up by
forklift, loaded in to a cargo plane (with air, etc...) and
to our destination, where we are off-loaded
into the hotel at that airport. We wake, rested and
refreshed, ready to do our business in our destination city.
The cubicle set is padded all around with a crash absorbent
waterproof honeycomb material and attached to a large,
industrial parachute. In case of in-flight emergency, we
are simply dropped and recovered by rescue crews. The
usable space lost to the protection and recovery areas are
more than made up for by the stacking of passengers.
A narrow corridor outside the cubicles is serviced by a
lavatory, snack/drink machine, and either an attendant or
a door out of the cubicle set which can be opened from the
outside by an attendant for all the cubicle sets on the
plane. In most cases, they won't have much to do since the
passengers will be asleep.
Of course, the major problem with this is that late night /
early morning flights are not allowed at most major
airports, especially those near residential areas due to
noise abatement laws. This form of travel may be
restricted to freight airports (FedEx, when you absolutely, positively have to ship yourself there overnight) and
require some form of transport into nearby cities by
ground.... which brings us to the idea of the same pallet of
cubicles being loaded onto a flatbed and ground shipped
from an outlying airport to a number of different centrally
located hotel like departure or pickup points.
Example of a Japanese "Capsule" Hotel
'bit different, but I think we could adjust to it... especially given the advantages. [James Newton, Jul 26 2010]
Inspired by this Half Baked idea.
But adding the idea of the "coffins" being in a set which is loaded and unloaded like cargo, dropped with a parachute in case of emergency, and transported to and from the airport on trucks. [James Newton, Jul 26 2010]
||I have a half-memory of this sort of thing being posted
before, but I may be imagining it.