Stew 1: 27C is feeling a bit hungry.
Stew 2: Oh my, I will rush over there with a delightful raspberry scone immediately.
Fantasy? Not if British Airways gets its way.
British Airways is looking to automate its service by getting passengers to swallow a pill that will communicate your needs to their crew.
British Airways is investigating getting passengers to swallow ‘digital pills’ that will tell flight staff if they are feeling comfortable.
The ‘ingestible sensors’ will be able to beam wirelessly health information from inside a customer’s body – and be used to help ensure travellers suffer minimal jet-lag.
The information could be used to indicate if a passenger is awake, asleep, hungry, nervous, hot, cold or uncomfortable.
Seriously? Apparently so.
The idea is to adapt technology currently in use in hospitals which, for instance, monitors whether patients take their pills so that
Nurse Ratchedcabin crew can stay up to speed with everyone onboard. This seems to go to great lengths to make sure customers don’t press the flight attendant call button.
Of course, this may just be for future reference, or Ultra First Class passengers who pay for the joy of having some gadget enter their colon so their every whim and need can be immediately indulged, while the riff raff are charged extra for water.
Great idea or bitter pill? Or just too creepy? Ain’t tech wonderful?