As if Flying Didn't Make You Sick Enough, British Airways is Rolling Out VR on Some of its Flights

By Shabana Arif on at

Happily, it's highly unlikely that you'll be caught in a sudden bout of turbulence while your headset's on, as VR entertainment is being trialled for first class customers only, travelling from London to JFK.

Passengers will be able to enjoy a variety of traditional media content in 2D, 3D, and 360° formats, as well as therapeutic VR experiences like meditation and sound therapy, for people who hate flying because you could just drop out of the sky at any moment in a ball of fire.

BA is the first UK airline to try out VR experiences on its flights, but Qantas gave it a whirl in 2015 using Samsung's Gear VR, while Alaska Airlines followed suit last year, partnering with French company SkyLights to use its Allosky Cinematic VR headset.

BA is also using SkyLights headsets, which will allows for the VR to work regardless of the position passengers are sitting - it even works when they're lying flat, which is something you won't have to worry about while you're cooped up like battery farm hens in the peasants' section of the plane.

"We are always looking at the latest technology to enhance our customers’ experience on the ground and in the air," said Sajida Ismail, BA's head of inflight product. "Virtual reality has the power to revolutionise in-flight entertainment and we’re really excited to trial these new glasses as they should create a unique and memorable journey for our First customers”.

The AlloSky headset is available on selected BA117 flights from London Heathrow to New York JFK from now until the end of 2019, just in case you find yourself on first class. Which I think we both know is highly unlikely.