British Airways’ ‘Happiness Blanket’ Displays Your Mood as You Fly

British Airways passengers tested the “Happiness Blanket’’ while flying from Heathrow to New York.
British Airways passengers tested the “Happiness Blanket’’ while flying from Heathrow to New York. –Buzz60

If you are flying British Airways, the in-flight entertainment may soon be you.

That’s because people will be able to read your mood just by looking at your blanket — a “Happiness Blanket’’ supplied by the airline.

The airline began testing the blanket last week on seven volunteers flying from Heathrow to New York. What does the blanket do, exactly? It “visually shows the wellbeing of a passenger in real time by changing colour to reflect their mood while on-board,’’ according to the British Airways website.

Here’s how it works: Passengers wear a headband that measures tiny electrical fluctuations in the neurons of the brain. Those fluctuations are sent via Bluetooth, every second, to fiber optic lights woven into the blanket. If the blanket turns red, the passenger is stressed out; if it turns blue, the passenger is relaxed.

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According to the airline, passengers’ blankets turned blue when they showed pleasure over menu items and changed colors as they felt like and dislike over entertainment options. Also, relaxed and comfortable passengers slept wrapped in — you guessed it — blue.

Does this mean we no longer need to ask that annoying barefoot passenger to please put on his shoes? Will our glaring red blanket do it for us?

How do you feel about wearing a “Happiness Blanket?’’

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