Lonely Planet Writer

One NYC airport is introducing private booths where you can work in peace

If you’ve ever been desperate to find a quiet place to make a call or need to really concentrate on your work while stuck in an airport, then these new private booths may be just what you’re looking for.

Jabbrrbox personal office spaces for rent at LaGuardia
You can now book your own office space by the half hour at LaGuardia Airport. Image by: Jabbrrbox

Available at New York’s LaGuardia, the Jabbrrbox is a silent workspace that can be rented by the half hour. Eight of the newly connected booths have been opened in the airport’s Central Terminal B, a hub for 15 million passengers every year.

They offer Wi-Fi reliably and securely, flight-tracking info, terminal maps, Bluetooth for hands-free calling, a camera for making calls, and perhaps most importantly … a guaranteed socket to charge your devices. They’re particularly useful for video conferencing if an important call cannot wait and a passenger needs somewhere private to speak away from the din of the airport.

Jabbrrbox chief executive Brian Hackathorn told Lonely Planet: “With the advent of an increasingly mobile workforce, we recognized – and filled – a large void in the market for a quiet technologically sound workspace that functions with all the amenities of the office in the public sphere. “We offer an on-the-go workforce a private and connected ‘space as a service’. Our aim now … is to further expand our presence to various public spaces throughout the U.S.” He said that while everyone might carry smartphones, laptops and tablets – sometimes people still needed old-fashioned privacy.

Mini-office spaces for rent at LaGuardia
Jabbrrbox workspaces at NY’s LaGuardia Airport. Image by: Jabbrrbox

Between the general hum of a busy airport and constant flight announcements, terminal buildings do not make for the most amenable work environment. Passengers often have long layovers between flights and might even just want somewhere they can go to enjoy some peace and quiet as they wait.

The Jabbrrbox can be rented in thirty-minute increments for US$15 with a door passcode and Wi-Fi password provided after making a reservation. They are not just designed for airports and the company is hoping to branch out into conference venues, the lobbies of busy buildings and other public transport hubs.