Qantas’ Helps Passengers Deal with Jet Lag

by Allie Moore

Nov 19, 2018

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Flying from pretty much any location to the continent and country of Australia is a daunting feat, often accompanied by days of recovery thanks to the almost inevitable period of jet lag brought on after crossing a multitude of time zones. To combat these often-experienced symptoms faced by long-haul travelers, Australia-based Qantas Airways is finding small ways in already-existing operations to help passengers arrive at their destinations refreshed and jet lag-free.

In order to find out where passengers need the most help in battling symptoms of jet lag, Qantas has become the world’s first airline to invite a scientific research facility (in this case, the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre) on its planes to investigate ways to ameliorate passengers’ health and wellness while in flight. Researchers have collected data from up to 35,000 passengers in terms of food and beverage consumption throughout their travel experience, how much/often they sleep, their levels of activity and their seating posture.

Qantas used data to alter all stages of the flight experience, such as the frequency of meal availability, nutritional content of meals, light therapy in airport lounges, in-flight guided meditations as part of the entertainment systems and a separate dining menu that claims to help fight jet lag, featuring foods that aid in sleep, digestion and stress relief.

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