Airport Sleeper spotted napping in the busy South Terminal at London Gatwick)

Airport Sleepers spotted as Google Street View enters Gatwick

Just when you thought it was safe to have a quiet nap before you’re next flight, up pops one of those Google Street View cameras and captures you in all your snoring glory.

Yep, the inevitable has happened as Street View has now mapped the insides of one of the busiest airports in the world – London’s Gatwick.

Airport managers have utilised Google’s Indoor Street View to map the insides of the North and South Terminals – and with more than 2,000 stitched images provide its 34 million passengers with a virtual tour.

While the tour takes you through check-in areas, departure and arrival halls, shops and restaurants, it’s only human nature for us to look at people caught off-guard, yawning, sitting on the floor and even sleeping on some very comfortable chairs.

It is a fascinating virtual trip that enables visitors to pinpoint key areas of the sprawling hub and a high-tech way of helping passengers make the best use of their time – or enabling them to find the best place to sleep during an overnight stopover.

Visitors can access interactive indoor maps of Gatwick with a tablet, smart-phone, IOS or computer by logging onto the Google Maps website or via the newly redesigned Gatwick website.

The mapping of the airport is the largest yet in Europe and part of Gatwick’s £1.2 billion investment programme to improve the passenger experience.

While we were able to spot some passengers chasing their beauty sleep in the airport, many were staring at their mobile phones: no doubt, reading the London Gatwick airport reviews on the SleepingInAirports web site or trying to avoid Google’s Street View cameras!

Travellers found charging their mobile phones and reading the SleepingInAirports web site (landside)
We imagine these travellers are reading the SleepingInAirports London Gatwick Airport Guide on their mobile phones (Landside)
Airport Sleeper spotted at the Meeting Point (landside)
An airport sleeper is seen snoozing at the Meeting Point (Landside)
Airport Sleepers spotted napping on some comfortable seats located in the South Terminal (Airside).
Airport Sleepers are spotted napping on some comfortable seats located in the South Terminal (Airside).
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Look at all those empty beds seats!  The North Terminal almost looks unused in comparison to other areas of the airport (Airside).
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This Google Street Map shows all parts of the airport that have been mapped.

Photo credits: All images are Google Street View screengrabs.

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  • Its a good glimpse over your post even the review about sleepers comfort for nap and arrangements of bed seats. as it is the second busiest airport then authorities should arrange the better seats towards north terminal . In case of flight delays people can take a nap or relax their selves at comfort. valet parking gatwick

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