British Airways' 'Digital Pills' Could One Day Decide Your In-Flight Meal For You

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

A patent application from British Airways has offered an unusual glimpse into the potential future of flight, describing an ‘ingestible sensor’ capable of monitoring a range of bodily functions.

The so-called ‘digital pills’ would feed specific information, such as your heart rate and stomach acid levels, to staff, who’d be able to use the data to work out important things, like which meal would be best for you -- assuming food is still a thing on some flights in the future -- and which member of the cabin crew you fancied the most.

“Digital pills or other ingestible sensors, that detect internal temperature, stomach acidity and other internal properties and wirelessly relay this information outside the passenger’s body,” reads the filing.

The pills would form part of a wider ‘wellness’ system designed to keep tabs on passengers by working out how hungry, sleepy, hot, cold or nervous they are. Sort of like a real-time survey. By using technology to minimise discomfort, British Airways thinks it can even combat jetlag, and in turn receive more positive feedback from customers.

“We are always looking to deliver new innovations for our customers, whether it be in design or digital transformation,” a British Airways spokeswoman told the Standard. “As such, we develop many ideas and submit many patents.” [Standard]