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Qantas flyer doesn’t move from his seat for 17 hours

At least he was in business class

Could this be a new world record? Business class on board the new Qantas 787 proved a little too comfortable for one passenger flying on the new, nonstop Perth to London service, after data showed the traveller didn’t get up at all during the marathon, 17-hour journey.


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Never mind not going to the bathroom, clearly this flyer either hasn't heard of, or isn’t at all worried about DVT.


The data was read from a device the male passenger was wearing throughout the flight, which forms part of a groundbreaking study into jetlag.


The equipment, worn on the volunteer’s wrists and thighs, was even double-checked by amazed academics conducting the study to ensure the device had been working properly, the New Zealand Herald reported. It had been. 


“The one thing we couldn't believe was how little [he] moved. One subject took zero steps,” said Professor Stephen Simpson from the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.


Now in its pilot stage, the study will be expanded to include up 1,000 volunteers on a number of flights in the next 12 to 18 months.


Qantas has left no stone unturned in its attempt to curb jetlag from the new service, which directly links Australia and Europe for the first time.


Cabin lighting and temperatures, menus and meal timings have all been carefully considered for the service.


The 20 passengers who took part in the initial study gave the journey a pretty impressive 2.2 (out of eight) for severity of jetlag.


Read how Traveltalk fared on the inaugural Perth-London service in this exclusive travel trade media review.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 5 June 2018

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