Budget airline Easyjet has come up with a futuristic design for their new cabin crew uniforms and it looks like something right out of Star Trek.
I first saw this today in some headline and didn’t even give it much thought until it popped up with pictures all over the place.
Tech Online Magazine CNet (access here) wrote a bit about the specifications of these uniforms.
The airline is celebrating its 20th anniversary by trying out new cabin crew and engineer uniforms that incorporate a variety of wearable tech features.
Both sets of uniforms have built-in microphones so engineers, crew and pilots can talk to each other. The cabin crew uniforms are dotted with LEDs on the shoulders that show your flight number and destination, in case you forget where you’re going. The LEDs and illuminated hems also provide extra lighting in case of an emergency.
The engineer’s uniform bristles with reflective panels and LEDs in the hood, intended to light up work areas so workers don’t have to juggle a torch and have both hands free to stick panels back on, tighten propellers or whatever they have to do to keep your plane in the sky. Built-in video cameras allow them to beam pictures to other engineers to help diagnose problems.
Meanwhile air quality sensors and a barometer help engineers monitor their work environment and create a map of air quality in different cities.
Easyjet will start to feature this new uniform sometime early next year (2016).
Here is a design for the engineer
Really an interesting concept and great to see that a company like Easyjet isn’t afraid of introducing new technology with a little edge. Maybe it takes companies like this to do unconventional things that would literally never fly with the big airlines. I like the retro design!