Meditation room opens in Terminal 2 at Lindbergh Field

SAN DIEGO - Lindbergh Field's Terminal 2 has undergone a major makeover, and it now includes a special room dedicated for the mind and soul of weary travelers.

Many travelers have been there -- at the intersection of "you've got to be kidding me" and rules that make no sense at all. There's just something about airports that make some people want to scream.

To help alleviate some of the stress that traveling can bring, San Diego's airport is now offering a place for travelers to decompress in the form of a meditation room.

"This is an opportunity to have a space that is calm in the midst of what is otherwise a very hectic airport experience," said Robert Gleason, Board Chair of the San Diego Regional Airport Authority.

The room is called the Spirit of Silence and it's a response to the needs of the modern traveler. The room in Terminal 2 was designed and created by Seattle artist Norie Sato.

"Everything that's in this room came from San Diego. The photographs that I used as inspiration are all taken by me," said Sato.

Embedded in the glass are images of the Star of India and the downtown San Diego skyline.

"It's beautiful," said traveler Jay Sniffin.

Sniffin was at the airport Friday on an 8-hour layover. After he walked into the room, he said, "Well, my world is hectic so it's good to be able to stop and relax and take time out and meditate. It's really calm in here."

The Airport Authority said the room is non-religious. It cost about $210,000 and is part of the airport's art project.

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