British Airways is hoping that VR leisure may assist a few of its passengers distract themselves lengthy sufficient on a flight to neglect they’re zooming a number of hundred miles per hour at tens of 1000’s of toes above the bottom. In a new pilot program, the UK airline introduced that it’s going to provide VR headsets from SkyLights for choose top quality flights between London’s Heathrow and New York’s JFK airports.
The programming contains 2D, 3D, and 360-degree format films, documentaries, and TV reveals in addition to guided meditations to assist calm the nerves of those that are afraid of flying. (One may argue that top quality seating may assist mitigate these fears a bit greater than these in financial system, however phobias are phobias and who am I to guage?) The SkyLights headsets look so much like goggles and are so much lighter than different common headsets, weighing simply 250 grams. The firm has additionally labored with Air France and Sri Lankan Airlines to supply the units in lounges.
VR leisure on flights hasn’t precisely been a well-liked thought, but it surely has been examined up to now by airways like Qantas and Alaska Airlines. JetBlue has additionally handed out Google Cardboard headsets to view content material in 360 levels. (The Verge was a part of this experiment in 2017.) There’s no indication whether or not British Airways plans to carry the headsets out of top quality, but it surely’s unlikely to provided that it’d be fairly tough to show past 180 levels in an financial system seat.