Budget airline EasyJet has unveiled a new set of uniforms incorporating wearable technology.
The new designs for both cabin crew and aircraft engineers feature built-in tech to improve communication and passenger safety procedures.
The airline teamed up with fashion tech firm CuteCircuit - which has previously collaborated with Katy Perry, U2 and Nicole Scherzinger - in order to create the new techie outfits.
EasyJet’s Head of Cabin Crew Tina Milton, commented:
“Our crew’s primary concern is for the safety of all passengers so it is really exciting to be working on this pioneering new technology which could transform the capability of our uniforms, helping crew to be more easily identified in an emergency as well as helping them to provide great service to passengers”.
Sporting the company’s usual orange and black colour scheme, the new cabin crew uniforms feature LED lights on shoulders and illuminated hems that can be used to provide extra light in an emergency, along with LED on jacket lapels that display important information such as flight numbers.
Built-in microphones are designed to improve communication between the crew, pilots and passengers.
The engineers uniforms feature LED lights in jacket hoods to provide hands-free light in work areas, while reflective laser cut decorations aid their visibility on the air field.
Built-in video cameras allow for remote diagnosis of technical issues while integrated microphones enable easy communication with other crew.
What’s more, a integrated air quality sensor and barometer helps to monitor air quality in different cities.
EasyJet’s Engineering Director Ian Davies, said:
“With features like the LED hood and video streaming and communications capability these amazing designs offer very practical solutions for engineers working on the ramp whilst enhancing safety at the same time.”
The new designs were unveiled this week to mark the airline’s 20th anniversary.
The airline will start trialling the new uniforms in 2016.
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