Back in March, a non-direct flight from London to Perth was launched and it was a test of endurance for the passengers who need to stick to their seats for 17 hours. In a recent study, scientists encountered a man who did not move for 17 hours from the seat.
The researchers from the University of Sydney were monitoring the behavior of the passengers in such a long flight and were amazed by the behavior of this unknown passenger. The Charles of Perkins Centre, Professor Stephen Simpson said that they could hardly believe how little the passenger moved.
The researchers also confirmed that the object took absolutely no step during the flight hours. The unnamed passenger was traveling in business class and said that he felt so comfortable that he did not bother to move. This statement looks like a marketing hoax, but it isn’t.
According to Healthline, the behavior shown by the passenger was not normal as a human being needs to use the bathroom 4-10 times in a day. The health officials said that staying still for so long in a flight can cause deep vein thrombosis. The disease occurs when the blood gathers in the veins of lower legs.
In the worst scenario, deep vein thrombosis can result in the mixing of clots into the bloodstream which can then block the flow of blood from the veins and as a result sudden death occurs. Death of Jonah Lomu, the rugby legend of New Zealand was also occurred due to same circumstances. Lomu, after taking a long flight from the UK to Auckland died due to blood clotting and he was just 40 years old.
A specialist in the travel medicine, Dr. Richard Dawood said that it is necessary to keep moving during the flight to keep your body tissues and blood veins mobile and it is recommended to do stretches and walk around in the cabin for once after every hour.
The specialist further said that never take sleeping pills during a flight and avoid sitting in the same position for a longer period of time. The doctor also recommended setting alarms to remind the passenger to travel around in the cabin. However, it was lucky for this unknown passenger that he was traveling in a business class.
List Of World’s Longest Flights:
- From Doha to Auckland – Total distance 9,010 miles
- From Dubai to Auckland – Total distance 8,824 miles
- From Houston to Sydney – Total distance 8,596 miles
- From Manila to New York – Total distance 8,519 miles
- From San Francisco to Singapore – Total distance 8,446 miles
- From Dubai to Los Angeles – Total distance 8,339 miles
- From Doha to Los Angeles – Total distance 8,306 miles
Monitoring Of Passengers In Long Flights:
Those passengers who travel in long flights are recorded for the sleep and movement they made during the flight. For gathering this data, they are equipped with two medical devices – one on the thigh and the other on the wrist.
A questionnaire is also asked before, during and after the flight in which they are asked about their beverage consumption and state of mind. And with the help of this questionnaire, the jet lag and the environment of the cabin is then adjusted. While giving an interview to the Telegraph Travel, scientists said that it is too early to speak about these long flights as there is not enough data to make a prediction.
Back in March, a long service named Dreamliner was inaugurated from Perth to London and before their first flight, Dreamliner launched a new Transit Lounge in which there was a facility of light therapy and a studio of stretching classes.
The Charles Perkins Centre, Peter Cistulli said that they have also tried to improve the design and lighting inside the cabin and other altered things include menu and timing of drinks. When the inaugural flight took off in March, Nigel Richardson, Telegraph Travel regular, along with 20 other passengers was also in the flight. He said that the lighting inside the cabin had nine different scenarios from sunset to sunrise and everyone was fooled to see these scenarios and started resetting their clocks.