19 MARCH 2012

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Article from BTNews 19 MARCH 2012

Bright light headset by Finnair

Finnair has become the first airline in the world to introduce a bright light headset into the cabin. According to Finnair a bright light headset is a device that brings wellbeing by channelling bright light into the brain via the ear canal.  It stimulates passengers and helps them adapt better to jet lag and the fluctuation of the circadian rhythm.

Valkee bright light headset is a product of an innovative Finnish design company called Valkee.  The device increases the amount of light received by the brain to a natural level when there is not enough light.  It provides a safe and natural way to charge oneself, and it is easy to carry due to its small size.

FInnair says that the device comes into its own on long flights, where the need to adjust to a new time zone often causes natural challenges.  The pilot service will be offered to passengers in Business Class on the route between Helsinki and Shanghai for a period of one month (from end of March until end of April).  The device itself will be added as a sales item in May.  It could be available from day one on the new Helsinki – Chongqing route which starts 9 May. www.finnair.com

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