Mention Sweden to any boy that grew up in the ’80s and there’s a good chance that he’ll be thinking of the Swedish Bikini Team. Mention Sweden to any boy that grew up in the ’80s that’s now a suburban father and there’s a good chance that he’ll be thinking of IKEA. No matter what your association with Sweden is (this is mine), you can now think of it as the land of the Climate Portal.
Sweden’s airports seem to be a hotbed for terminal innovation these days. Recently I wrote about the clever Red Cross arcade machines that raise money for charity and now Stockholm Arlanda (ARN), the biggest airport in Sweden, is offering travelers the chance to experience the weather of the climate they’re going to be flying to. It’s called the Climate Portal and it looks like a big art installation. Essentially, you enter a chamber and it simulates the sights, sounds, and feelings (i.e. temperature) of various places around the globe.
They claim it’ll help you decide if you need to bring a sweater or sunglasses, but let’s be honest — you’re already at the airport, so your packing is done. All it’s going to really do is drive you to spend more at airport retail. That’s not to say I think the Climate Portal is a bad idea. I think it’s a great, free way to entertain your kids while you’re waiting for a flight. If that doesn’t work, take them down to baggage claim for some Charity Pac-Man.
To see a full video on ARN’s new Climate Portal, press play below: