AS Qantas airlines recently completed a successful mission of a non-stop flight from London to Sydney, it is planning to improve the flight by implementing “move and stretch” zones that’ll help the passengers to manage the long flights of 19-plus hours.
It has become a norm to have ultra-long and non-stop flights as airlines are constantly testing the limits of aviation. We can’t deny the convenience of a nonstop flight, as long as it can be, it is, however, essential to have these “move and stretch” zones to avoid the countless issues that can be caused by sitting at a fixed spot for too long.
The airline is testing the effects such ultra-long non-stop flights can have on its passengers, and meditation and stretching are parts of the test.
Alan Joyce, the Qantas CEO, stated that they are aware of the passengers’ need to have room for moving around on these nonstop flights. He mentioned how well the group exercises conducted in the first research flight worked, and thus will definitely work on implementing on-board stretching zones.
Around 50 crew and passengers boarded the London to Sydney flight as 11 countries were crossed including Germany, Russia, China, and Indonesia before crossing the Australian coast near Darwin. As it landed in Australia, a celebration was arranged as 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the airline’s operation.
Qantas conducted another experiment earlier this year by flying from New York to Sydney for 19 hours and 16 minutes during which passengers’ health was tracked. Group exercises by passengers were conducted during the flight.
As relaxing as the idea of gluing to one spot and binge-watching movies can be, it is really important to have a dose of exercise as well, especially during the ultra-long, nonstop flights as feet can be swollen by sitting too long and a potentially harmful blood clotting can be caused.
Compression socks and a lot of moving around can save one from having blood clots.
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