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BA suggests pax eat tiny computers to battle jet-lag

December 5, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59British Airways has launched a bold and futuristic plan for long-haul passengers to swallow “digital pills” containing tiny computerised sensors that will let cabin crews monitor their sleep patterns, body rhythms and wellbeing.

The extraordinary idea surfaced initially in an article in the London Evening Standard and was then run in the London Times.

It has the feel of an April Fool’s Day joke but it’s the wrong time of year. The airline told the Evening Standard it hoped the pill would “provide information on the physiological state of the passenger and-or environment conditions in the vicinity of the passenger”.http://www.tourismthailand.org/landing/landing_en.html

Tiny sensors embedded in the tablets would send cabin crew information as to whether the passenger was hungry, uncomfortable or feeling ill. Flight attendants could then respond, by adjusting lighting, seating or helping in other ways.

According to The Times, the airline has filed a patent proposing “digital pills or other ingestible sensors” to detect temperature, stomach acidity, body movement, sleep phase, eye movement and heart rate.

The data would be relayed to crew wirelessly from inside the passenger’s body.

The airline told the Evening Standard “we are always looking to deliver innovations for our customers”. The pill would “provide information on the physiological state of the passenger and/or environment conditions in the vicinity of the passenger”.

Will passengers swallow it? That’s the question.

Written by Peter Needham

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