VR Entertainment Coming to British Airways

by Allie Moore

Oct 8, 2019

British Airways. Photo: Banol2007 | Dreamstime.com

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Select first-class travelers flying London Heathrow Airport to New York (JFK) with British Airways, through the end of 2019, will be able to test out the airline’s venture into in-flight virtual reality.

Passengers will be offered a VR headset to help block out the sights and sounds around them and take them to another dimension, a tactic that may help nervous fliers get through the trans-Atlantic flight with ease.

British Airways’ VR headsets come from technology company SkyLights, which creates VR products for mass transit. These particular VR devices, which will be tethered to the seat, are designed to be worn while sitting in an airplane seat. Passengers also can lie flat on their back for the experience.

This trial period of VR headsets makes British Airways one of the first airlines to test the in-flight technology, joining Alaska Airlines who also partnered with SkyLights and trialed the technology in 2018.

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