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"A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content."
- Theodore Sturgeon

Transfer Refuge  
  A portable environment chamber, able to support unique and different lifeforms.  

...the casket-like transfer refuges, used while moving the visiting entities from ship to hostelry, were wheeled out of the elevators and along the corridors to the entrances of the various rooms, each of the latter having been specially prepared for the individual for which it was reserved. Each refuge was supported on a bierlike carriage, and was tagged with the number of the occupant it protected from the hostile environmental conditions of Earth...

...white-dad attendants lifted it through a circular door and into the air lock of the cubicle selected for its occupant. Now the door was closed and sealed behind it.

Technovelgy from Hotel Cosmos, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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More commonplace aliens had special passages built for them:

Martians and Venusians came to Earth in sufficient numbers to warrant the existence of recreation halls for them, which they reached by means of conditioned passages traversing the rear of their cubicles.

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