Flying makes many people sick and in many different ways. From the fear of turbulence, dizziness, jetlag, and stiff neck, many air-related maladies are now being solved by new aircraft innovations.
1. No more jet lag
According to Stuff NZ, jet lag is caused by a variety of factors such as prolonged sitting, dehydration, and contaminated air.
The new Airbus A350 has some hidden innovations against jetlag in its systems. Cabins are pressurized 2,000 feet lower than other commercial planes, meaning better humidity levels, making it easier and more relaxed to breathe. LED lights onboard emit light in different tones that help cut fatigue and headaches. These small yet innovative changes are said to help lessen the stress of long-haul flights.
2. No more infection
Airbus is also working on antimicrobial technology to be injected into tray tables, seat covers, touch screens and plane bathrooms, to work as smart surfaces in eliminating germs.
On the other hand, Boeing is working on a prototype plane bathroom that self-sanitizes and kills 99.99% of germs in three seconds by using an ultraviolet light.
3. No more turbulence
Delta Airlines has started using a tablet app that is devoted to tracking weather conditions and sending them directly to their pilots. This early notification system gives pilots a heads-up on when to reroute the aircraft.
4. No more stiff neck in Economy
According to Conde Nast Traveler, airlines like Etihad and Cathay Pacific have boosted the design of their economy seats for long-haul flights. The ergonomically designed seat by Etihad features a 'fixed wing' headrest for comfortable neck leaning, while Cathay Pacific's head rest support a six-way adjustability for better neck support.
5. Room to breathe
Many travelers have tried meditation apps on their phones to feel calmer and more relaxed during flights. Virgin Atlantic has started offering a two-step aromatherapy kit to Business and First class while Economy passengers are given "mindfulness movies" done in cooperation with meditation company Headspace.
British Airways have also tied up with Headspace for their guided meditation videos and Delta Airlines has added to their in-flight entertainment the video, "OMG. I can Meditate!".