Playing Galaga in these airports helps the Red Cross

Two Swedish airports have taken an interesting approach to helping travelers dispose of unwanted foreign coins. Rather than simply leaving donation boxes, visitors at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport can now play classic arcade games, regardless of which currency they hold.

Games currently include Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaga, but if the idea takes off (pardon the pun), we’re expecting to see plenty more. Travelers are invited to play with whatever foreign left-over coins they have in their pockets, and all proceeds go to the Red Cross

It’s not clear whether the “more refined version” of the traditional collecting box is a modified arcade cabinet, or a custom-built emulator, but either way, playing a round or two of an arcade game’s got to give greater satisfaction than just dropping money into a box.

The project is a joint effort between the tech-savvy Swedavia Swedish Airports and the Swedish Red Cross – and if it’s shown to be successful, we’re hoping these cabinets start arriving in other airports, too… and not just in Sweden!

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