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    British Airways Tests Out Emotion-Sensing Blanket

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    British Airways has created and tested a blanket that measures passenger satisfaction throughout the duration of their flight.

    British Airways has created and tested a blanket that measures passenger satisfaction throughout the duration of their flight.

    It doesn’t appear that they plan to make them a regular in-flight option and instead used them on test flights to see how their new improvements are working out.

    During London to New York trial flights, passengers wore a headband that was outfitted with neurosensor technology capable of reading and interpreting their emotional state.

    That information was transmitted wirelessly to the LED-filled blankets.

    When the user was experiencing stress or agitation, the blanket lit up red. In moments of calm and satisfaction, it glowed blue.

    The airline’s research team found that early stages of the flight are the most agitating for people.

    Once they start to eat, drink, and settle in, however, the blankets go from red to blue.

    Beyond that, a number of factors can influence a flyer’s mood, including what they choose to watch for entertainment.

    Researchers found that those who viewed comedies had moments of both happiness and unease, while those who enjoyed action films and sports like boxing tended to stay in a stressed state.