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Distracted By iPad, Co-Pilot Doesn’t Realize Plane Plunging 5,000 Feet

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As if the recent spate of airplane disasters wasn’t enough to drive you into a Xanax binge before taking off, this might do it.

Last week, a Jet Airways flight from Brussels to Mumbai plunged 5,000 feet because their pilots were preoccupied. The captain was taking a “controlled rest,” a law-approved nap that happens a lot on long-haul flights. Meanwhile, the co-pilot, who was in charge of controlling the Boeing 777, was too busy playing on her iPad to notice the plane descending so quickly.  Read More

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British Airways Uses Brain-Sensing Blankets to Try and Prove Passengers Aren’t Miserable

How is anyone relaxed with that thing on their heads? (Screengrab: Youtube)

What’s worse than feeling anxious on your overseas flight? Cuddling up to a blanket that visually displays your nerves to everyone else.

British Airways tested blankets designed to identify passengers’ feelings of well-being on flights from London to New York last week, Re/code reported.

The so-called “happiness blankets” are outfitted with LED lights that turn red (stressed and anxious) or blue (calm and relaxed) according to readings by neuro-sensing headbands. Read More