easyJet, Europe’s budget airline of choice for holiday makers are celebrating their 20th birthday soon. I thought they were much older than that. Who knew?
To mark the celebration, easyJet are giving out new uniforms to their cabin crew and engineers. But, there is a twist. The orange logo’d airline are going to be using wearable technology to increase safety procedures and communication between staff during flights.
easyJet are at the forefront of innovation by introducing these new uniforms into the industry. They were also the first to introduce online flight booking in 1998. They even inspect aircrafts by using automated drones as well. Very fancy stuff.
The technology is currently being trialed and is hoping for a release come its 20th birthday bash. I hope we’re invited. Check out below some of the technology that’s being introduced:
Cabin crew uniforms
- LEDs on shoulders and illuminated hems to provide additional lighting in an emergency
- LEDs on jacket lapels displaying important information like flight numbers and destinations
- In-built microphones to improve communication between the crew, pilots and passengers
- LEDs in ground staff jacket cuffs to help with aircraft movement on the ground.
- LEDs in jacket hoods to illuminate work areas and leave both hands free for aircraft inspections and maintenance
- Multiple reflective laser cut decoration to aid visibility on the air field
- In-built video cameras to allow for remote diagnosis of technical issues along with surround sound and a microphone for instant communication capability
- Air quality sensor and barometer features to help engineers monitor their work environment and create a map of air quality in different cities for passengers’ information.
Tina Milton, Head of Cabin Crew for easyJet, commented; “Our crew’s primary concern is for the safety of all passengers so it is really exciting to be working on this pioneering new technology which could transform the capability of our uniforms, helping crew to be more easily identified in an emergency as well as helping them to provide great service to passengers.”
Ian Davies, Engineering Director for easyJet, commented; “With features like the LED hood and video streaming and communications capability these amazing designs offer very practical solutions for engineers working on the ramp whilst enhancing safety at the same time.
Francesca Rosella, Chief Creative Director and Co-Founder of CuteCircuit, said; “We are excited to be working with easyJet in creating the future of aviation. The cabin crew uniforms and engineers’ uniforms represent cutting edge developments in wearable technology, and are a first in the aviation industry. The uniforms unite fashionable style with novel functionalities, increasing safety and communication with passengers to create a truly unique inflight experience. We designed with the crew needs in mind and are looking forward to starting trials in 2016.”
easyJet will start wearable tech uniform wearer trials early in 2016.