QF Mystified By Passenger Who Didn’t Move For 17 Hours

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

As Qantas conducts research into passenger behaviour for its new Project Sunrise, which aims to make long-distance travel as comfortable as possible, it has encountered a mystery – the man who never moved.

A man travelling on the airline’s 17-hour non-stop Perth-London flight did not budge for the entire flight – even to use the toilet.

He was one of the volunteers on Qantas flights who were fitted with wearable technology to measure how flying affects them and how they behave. It monitors their mental state, sleep patterns, stress levels and recovery from jet-lag.

The “man with the bladder of steel” – as eGlobal Travel Media referred to him -- was flying business class, which is very comfortable – but that doesn’t explain his stamina. 

Researchers at the University of Sydney were amazed to find the man stayed in his seat for the entire duration of the flight – forget strolling the aisle or getting up to stretch, let alone visiting the facilities. Awed researchers double-checked the equipment’s functionality to ensure it was working correctly.

The subject took no steps at all and just stayed there, said Professor Stephen Simpson from the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.

The average adult is believed to urinate about four to seven times per day – but not this guy!

Meanwhile, Qantas gave some hints about its Project Sunrise at this week’s International Air Transport Association annual meeting in Sydney. The carrier is looking at non-stop services from eastern Australia to New York and London using aircraft with about 300 seats, such as an ultra-long-range version of the A350 or the new Boeing 777X.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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