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Jet Lag A Thing Of The Past: Could These New Planes Mean The End Of The Effects?

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Jet Lag A Thing Of The Past: Could These New Planes Mean The End Of The Effects?
Short of suspended animation, how do you combat jet lag? Not very well, is the answer! But hope is on the horizon because two new airliners appear to hold the magic ingredient for canceling out the traveler’s scourge known as jet lag.

Could jet lag really be about to become a thing of the past? It is if the results from two new aircraft using improved technology prove to be reliable.

Dehydration and altitude sickness are the main culprits behind jet lag. Both set in slowly and silently and even if you drink like a fish onboard, you’re still likely to want a nap (and more drinks) after a five-hour flight.




But new features on the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have reportedly scaled back the effects of jet lag in a major way.

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If the reported passenger results from these two planes can be duplicated on a large scale, the scourge of jetlag is about to be eliminated like small pox and the plague.

How can this be, you ask? Both of the new aircraft are pressurized to 6,000 feet, versus the more conventional 8,000 feet, and each maintains higher humidity levels than do traditional flights.

But that doesn’t explain why these airplanes are able to accomplish what their flying brethren thus far haven’t. The secret is, like Dustin Hoffman was informed in the classic coming of age flick, The Graduate, “plastics.”

Carbon-reinforced plastic composites, to be precise. These new high-tech materials are what allow for more bearable levels of cabin pressure and humidity than are attained in older airplanes.

Higher cabin pressure is good for your lungs but stressful on metal structures like airplanes. Unlike older planes, the two newer models can maintain a higher cabin pressure without compromising the integrity of the aircraft. It’s a simple equation really: the more air your lungs have, the less they have to work, and the less stressed you feel.

The new planes reach more optimal humidity levels by retaining more passenger humidity than do normal aircraft. Again, it’s the plastic composites on the planes that are responsible for a higher degree of passenger comfort.

Older planes must expel a higher level of cabin humidity or run an increased risk of metal corrosion. Plastic is immune to humidity, which is why polyester socks are more comfortable than cotton when your feet sweat.

This new technology is expected to be available in all aircraft but not until the next decade or so. Until then, we’d love to hear about all the ways that you combat jet lag!

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19 Comments

  1. April Kusewicz says

    I can’t wait for that to happen but like you said it’s gonna be another decade but alteast it’s on the works and I’m excited. My family live in the Philippines and traveling 24 hrs sucks.

  2. Alli Smith says

    I hate that it’s going to take a decade or more. I always try to drink plenty of water when I’m on a long flight. It helps some.

  3. robin Rue says

    I am not convinced that this will work, but who knows…..I guess we will see when these are ready for the public.

  4. Jeannette says

    I would love to try out these planes on my next international flight. It would be so nice not to feel jetlagged on my next journey.

  5. Kathy Myers says

    I travel a lot but feel like I can adjust quickly. I think preparing helps!

  6. Kimberly says

    I think this would benefit people who travel a lot and would definitely encourage people to travel more to international places. I never experienced jet lag before but I’ve heard that it can be horrendous.

  7. candy says

    Nice to hear they are improving or trying to improve on the jet lag. The key is to drink water and more water and more water. Get up an move around stretch your legs. Try to sleep. This affects everyone so differently.

  8. Christy Maurer says

    It would be awesome if jet lag were a thing of the past! The worst part of long flights is the fact that you’re so confined!

  9. lisa says

    Getting rid of jet lag would be awesome. I haven’t had jet lag since visiting Europe, but I know it hits people differently too.

  10. Michelle says

    I am a frequent traveler and one would think that I could handle jet lag better by now. The truth is I think it’s gotten worse the more I travel. Perhaps it is because I am getting older but one thing I definitely try to do is remain hydrated otherwise I am end up being jetlagged with a headache as well.

  11. David Elliott says

    I am curious how more or less pressurized cabins would effect both jetlag and germs being spread throughout the cabin. I’m a little skeptical about curing jetlag though as I think some of that has to do with time changes and not merely a feature of pressure in the cabins.

  12. Jacqui S says

    Would love for this to be a thing now! But, I may be able to wait for 10 – 15 years to visit Australia lol.

  13. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says

    I’ve always associated jet lag with the time zone differences. I almost never have it and believe it’s because I usually sleep on the plane.

  14. HilLesha says

    This would be so nice! Especially since jet lag puts a bit of a damper on the vacation experience.

  15. Oyinkan Ogunleye says

    I didn’t know plastic is immune to humidity…. neither did I know that polyester is related to plastic. Thanks for the wealth of knowledge. I really appreciate it!

  16. Ave says

    Oh, this is a really great news and I really hope it takes less than a decade to get the new technology working! It would be amazing to get rid of the effects of jet lag.

  17. Anosa says

    Learning about that is a good news to every traveller out there. Airlines should really innovate out air/sky journey. Looking forward for that idea to materialize!

  18. Marielle Altenor says

    Oh that would be amazing! I’m always scared of getting extremely jet lagged when flying.

  19. Emily says

    Wow, that would be amazing! It is really difficult for my kids when we travel, I try and off-set the jet lag by planning for them to sleep, but kids and plans sometimes do not go together :/

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