Posted on: 10 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, easyJet has decided to trial the integration of wearable technology into both its cabin crew and engineer uniforms from early 2016.
The wearable technology is being provided by London-based company CuteCircuit, which specialises in fashion incorporating smart textiles and micro-electronics. CuteCircuit worked closely with easyJet cabin crew and engineers to analyse their everyday movements and design uniforms best suited to their needs.
As a result, the wearable technology features being trialled by cabin crew include LED lighting on shoulders and illuminated hems to provide additional lighting in an emergency, LED lighting on jacket lapels displaying important information like flight numbers and destinations, and in-built microphones to improve communication between the crew, pilots and passengers.
Tina Milton, easyJet’s head of cabin crew for, explained, “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.”
easyJet has said it will also trial LEDs in ground staff jacket cuffs and multiple reflective laser cut decoration on engineers uniforms to aid visibility on the air field.
Furthermore, engineer uniforms will trial the effectiveness of placing LED lighting in jacket hoods to illuminate work areas and leave both hands free for aircraft inspections and maintenance as well as in-built video cameras to allow for remote diagnosis of technical issues along with surround sound and a microphone for instant communication capability. Engineers will also see what it’s like to have air quality sensors and barometer features embedded into their clothing to help them monitor their work environment and create a map of air quality in different cities for passengers’ information.
“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,” commented Ian Davies, engineering director for easyJet.
tFrancesca Rosella, CuteCircuit's chief creative director and co-founder, announced, “We are excited to be working with easyJet in creating the future of aviation. The cabin crew uniforms and engineers’ uniforms represent cutting edge developments in wearable technology, and are a first in the aviation industry. The uniforms unite fashionable style with novel functionalities, increasing safety and communication with passengers to create a truly unique inflight experience.”t