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British Airways is trialing a VR headset to combat flight anxiety
Posted on 23/08/2019

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Until the end of this year, some first class passengers on select flights from London to New york will receive VR headsets.

British Airways will be supplying some first class passengers on a handful of flights from London to New York with VR headsets. The headsets, supplied by San Francisco-based company SkyLights are meant to combat fear of flying, or aviophobia.

The headsets are equipped with films and documentaries in VR, 2D and 3D formats, along with travel and wellness content. These programs range from guided breathing exercises to swimming with dolphins, and are designed to keep the viewer calm during the flight.


British Airways has already started the ?Flying with Confidence? initiative, which allows participants to enroll in therapy sessions and then fly while accompanied by a staff member.

SkyLights has also provided headsets to Air France, Garuda Indonesia, SriLankan Airlines, Alaska Airlines and XL Airways. Qantas and Lufthansa have worked with other VR providers to the same end.

With so many carriers experimenting with virtual reality, it may not be the purview of first class for long!

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