The end of Jet lag? USA Today says new airplanes can help reduce this common effect of travel
Airlines are currently ordering new airplanes at a frantic pace according to Frank Curzio, a well known financial podcast producer and investment newsletter publisher. According to a recent newsletter, of which I am a subscriber, both Boeing and Airbus have a huge backlog of airplanes that promise a better flying experience, more comfortable seats, better mileage that can save as much as 20 percent per flier on fuel costs.
What he did not mention is that one of the technologies that is coming soon is that altitude sickness may be a thing of the past, and are major contributors to people experiencing Jet lag, which occurs with both national and international travel, when we fly between different time zones.
Two new planes, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 are designed to improve international flying comfort by having lower cabin pressure levels, now possible because of new construction and building methods.
Most planes today at 38,000 feet will pressurize their cabins to 8000 feet, which has a negative effect on most of us after a while, while these new planes only pressurize at 6000 feet, which is more comfortable for us. The higher pressure has our hearts and lungs working much harder which is part of the problem.
The new planes also maintain higher humidity inside the pain by regulating how much humidity is expelled to the exterior of the plane. This means less dehydration after a long flight.
USA Today had one of their reporters take one of these new planes and report on their experience. Check this out here
Could these new planes be the end of jet lag?
George Hobica, Airfarwatchdog.com Published 5:04 a.m
Even though air travel is safer than ever and in many cases cheaper than 10 or 20 years ago, travelers love to complain about its agonies. Cramped and narrow seats, crying babies, chatty seat mates and armrest wars are common gripes. But other factors contribute much more to feelings of distress, especially on longer flights.
The silent killers are altitude sickness and dehydration. These come on you gradually, and most people don’t even know what hit them, blaming their discomfort on “jet lag.”
But help is on the way in the form of new commercial airliners constructed in large part of high-tech materials, including carbon-reinforced plastics.
Read more here.