Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Finnair offer passengers free light therapy

Aéroports de Paris, which operates Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports, has dveloped a reputation when it comes to establishing innovative partnerships with well-known brands in order to enhance the airport experience. Following earlier initiatives with Sony (free Playstation ‘poles’), Sony (free mini HD-cinema), Gulli (branded play areas) and Samsung (music pods), the airport has now teamed up with Philips to develop light therapy pods, which passengers can use for free.

Luminotherapy
Last month, Paris Charles de Gaulle installed three so-called ‘luminotherapy spaces’ at the airport’s Terminal 2E. Passengers can use the pod 15-minutes for free to fight their jet lag or combat the winter blues, caused by a lack of ultra-violet light during the winter. The cocoons are equipped with Philips GoLiTE BLU lamps in different colors, a relaxing leather chair, and passengers can watch a didactic video that shows the benefits of luminothérapie. Aéroports de Paris operator says it wil decide whether to expand the service to other terminals at the airport based on feedback of passengers using the pods.

At the end of 2007, Aéroports de Paris and Philips also partnered for a limited time to offer a similar service during the winter season, while Philips has teamed with Westin Hotels & Resorts to offer guests at The Westin Chicago River North a stay in a specially designed Concept Room aimed at helping guests combat sleep troubles and jet lag.

Finnair light-emitting headsets
Meanwhile, Finnair just announced it will offer premium passengers on flights between Helsinki and Shanghai the ability to try out a “bright light headset” said to help passengers adapt to jet lag by channeling bright light into the brain via the ear canal. The bright light headsets, developed by Finish company Valkee, will be available free of charge to business class passengers during the month of April, before going on sale in-flight in May 2012.

According to the carrier, “Bright light headset simulates the effects of daylight by channeling bright light through the ear canal to very close proximity of the tissue in need of treatment, in the brain.” Passengers wishing to take part in the trial will be asked to fill in a feedback questionnaire after use. Crew will advise passengers on the best use of the headsets – for instance on an eastbound flight from Helsinki to Shanghai Finnair says the device should be used about an hour before landing, assuming an early morning arrival in the city.

“Introducing the Valkee bright light headset is one way of adding interesting experiences onboard Finnair flights,” Finnair vice president Jarkko Konttinen said. “Finnair is an innovative airline and we actively look for new ways to improve the wellbeing and comfort of our passengers,” he added.

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