British Airways ‘Happiness Blanket’ To Improve Your Air-Travel Experience
The next time you want to catch a flight to a destination you should consider British Airways, just to try out their new ‘Happiness Blanket.’ The airline is currently running a prototype of the ‘Happiness Blanket,’ that is said to changes colour according to the passenger’s brainwave activities.
The ‘Happiness Blanket’ is an innovative high-tech blanket woven with fibre optics and neuro-sensors that monitor’s the sleeping passenger’s brainwaves and changes colour from red to blue indicating when the passenger is most relaxed or meditating.
British Airways hopes that by monitoring the passengers sleeping experience while travelling will give vital information to decision makers who will then decide on how best to improve passengers’ flying experience. Some of the aspects that would be changed include; in-flight services such as timing of meal, what kind of food is served, types of movies shown among others. The airline intends to make its passengers’ flying experience as comfortable as possible.
Last week the airline conducted its first experiment on the ‘Happiness Blanket,’ on board the BA189 Dreamliner that flew from Heathrow to New York. The airline had some volunteers participate in the experiment as ‘test subjects’ and gave their comments on the hi-tech ‘Happiness Blanket.’
“Sleeping on a plane is a great opportunity to reset your body clock, so you arrive at your destination after a long flight, feeling refreshed and rested,” said Vincent Walsh, Professor of Human Brain Research at University College London.
Frank Van der Post, British Airways, Managing Director, Brands and Customer Experience had the following to say. “This is the first time this technology has been used by any airline to help shape how service is delivered on board an aircraft. Using technology like the British Airways Happiness Blanket is another way for us to investigate how our customers relaxation and sleep is affected by everything on board, from the amount of light in the cabin, when they eat, to what in-flight entertainment they watch and their position in the seat.
Having been the first airline to introduce the fully-flat bed in business class, we take our customers sleep and relaxation, very seriously. Now we want to ensure they get the best possible good flight sleep as well.”