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Have We Really Engineered a Plane That Prevents Jet Lag?

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Channel: Seeker
Categories: Biology   |   Health   |   Science   |   Technology  
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If you’ve ever been on a long flight across multiple time zones, you have probably experienced the unfortunate symptoms of jet lag. How are aerospace engineers trying to improve their aircraft technologies and designs to minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of jet lag?

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“Considering our long history as a people, rapid travel is a very new development. One in which people's biological makeup is still having difficulty adjusting to. Many travelers experience difficulty sleeping and trouble staying awake or alert when they arrive at a new location. This common occurrence is known as jet lag.”

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“United Airlines will soon launch what it promises will be the world's longest Boeing 787 flight and the farthest route for any U.S. airline—an 8,446 mile, 16 hour, 20 minute redeye from San Francisco to Singapore. That's a long time to spend in a seat, but this journey may be more comfortable than most, since the 787 is designed to limit jet lag.”

Boeing is making a major change to its planes that could end jet lag as we know it
“During the development of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing encountered countless engineering hurdles. One of which was the decision to build much of the plane out of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics and other composite materials instead of the aluminum most commonly used on commercial airliners. While the engineering of the composite airframe may have been a challenge, it's a decision that allowed Boeing to make a major change to its aircraft that could greatly reduce the effect of jet lag on its passengers.“


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Written by: Andra Cernavskis

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