Yesterday European low cost carrier Easyjet celebrated their 20 year anniversary. That’s 20 years of industry leading fee innovation. As part of that, they introduced a special livery to commemorate the milestone.
But far more interesting are the new employee uniforms they introduced, which feature wearable technology. Here’s a picture of them:
When I first heard about this I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1. After realizing it’s not, I checked to make sure I wasn’t on The Onion’s website. I wasn’t.
So, what’s the “inspiration” between the new cabin crew uniforms? Via cnet.com:
The cabin crew uniforms are dotted with LEDs on the shoulders that show your flight number and destination, in case you forget where you’re going. The LEDs and illuminated hems also provide extra lighting in case of an emergency.
Ah, yes! Nothing quite like being a human flashlight, or having LEDs on your person showing the flight number and destination, just in case passengers forget.
The engineer uniforms are equally “special,” and have the following features:
The engineer’s uniform bristles with reflective panels and LEDs in the hood, intended to light up work areas so workers don’t have to juggle a torch and have both hands free to stick panels back on, tighten propellers or whatever they have to do to keep your plane in the sky. Built-in video cameras allow them to beam pictures to other engineers to help diagnose problems.
Meanwhile air quality sensors and a barometer help engineers monitor their work environment and create a map of air quality in different cities.
I mean, I suppose at least the engineers’ uniforms have some potentially useful features.
Usually I’m not one to care about airline uniforms, though these are just epic. Nothing quite says “hey, thanks for 20 great years, employees” like turning them into human billboards and flashlights.
Since it’s Easyjet I’m sort of surprised they weren’t able to turn the uniforms into advertisements… or maybe that’s still coming?