By Jeremy Grossman
Dare we say it, but is air travel becoming slightly less miserable?
Well, one carrier is, at least. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus recently announced that their new A350 XWB jets, which can seat 325 lucky fliers, will crisscross time zones without causing jet lag.
As reported by Fast Company, Airbus has designed the A350—which just had its first landing in the United States, via Qatar Airways—in a way that prevents passengers from experiencing the ache that comes from shifting time zones. How is that possible? The thoughtful engineers built the aircraft with LED lights that change color temperature based on the natural glow of the sun. The shifting light helps keep passengers’ circadian rhythms intact, so their bodies aren’t woozy when they arrive in a different region.
If that wasn’t enough, the pampered fliers also get to enjoy fresh, filtered air during their trip, thanks to a new filtration system that activates every few minutes.
Will it work? Light therapy is a proven factor in combating jet lag, as is fresher air. Used efficiently, the combo should certainly alleviate some, if not all, symptoms.
But if your next flight isn’t on an A350 XWB, don’t fret: the tech is likely to trickle down to laymen in the next couple of years. In the meantime, you'll have to stick with a strategic dose of melatonin and lots of water.