Finnair to test anti-jet lag headsets

March 10th, 2012 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Helsinki, March 10 (IANS) In a bid to provide hassle free travel, Nordic carrier Finnair Saturday said it will start a unique pilot project to test a revolutionary headset technology which helps in fighting jet lag.

“Introducing the Valkee bright light headset is one way of adding interesting experiences onboard Finnair flights,” Finnair vice president Jarkko Konttinen said.

“Finnair is an innovative airline and we actively look for new ways to improve the wellbeing and comfort of our passengers,” he added.

According to the carrier, the headset works by emanating a bright light into the brain via the ear canal, thereby stimulating passengers and helping them to better adapt to jet lag.

“Bright light headset simulates the effects of daylight by channeling bright light through the ear canal to very close proximity of the tissue in need of treatment, in the brain,” the airline said in a statement.

Jet Lag is mainly caused due to the brain’s inability to adjust to the change in time zone while travelling on long distance flights. This is a physiological condition suffered by long distance flight passengers.

Major symptoms of jet lag includes headaches, fatigue coupled with irregular sleep patterns.

The pilot service will be offered in business class between Helsinki and Shanghai from March-end until April end.

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