Everyone recognizes that, sometimes, passengers may need to take a step back from the hustle and bustle that comes with travelling. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) now offers a Quiet Room for those who desire a place for solitude or prayer.
The 315sq ft (29m²) room contains two open areas separated by frosted glass for semi-privacy. Each area features built-in wooden benches and a circular rug inset within the floor. The Quiet Room contains a foot bath for those passengers who require cleansing before prayer. Also, the space features visual design accents throughout the room known as Floating Prayer Seeds or dandelion seeds.
Since the dandelion flower can thrive in difficult conditions, some say it symbolizes healing from emotional and physical injury alike and the ability to rise above life’s challenges.
The airport says its Quiet Room is a place of silence, which all passengers may use regardless of their worldview, culture and religious affiliation.
Airport CEO Chellie Cameron commented: “We encourage our passengers to use this room with respect while enjoying a moment of tranquility before continuing their travels.”
CEO Cameron and Olympia Colasante, the vice president of American Airlines’ hub operations in Philadelphia, handed out 100 white carnations to passengers to mark the opening of the new facility.
The Quiet Room is located post security in the D-E connector and is open 24/7, every day of the year.