I never flew on a plane until I was around 23 years old. One reason was I never went anywhere that I needed to fly to, but another reason was because I was slightly afraid of it. Something about a metal object that weighs a ton hanging out above the clouds didn’t appeal too much to me, and so I stayed grounded. For a long time. But then, when a college class required I fly to New York City twice during a semester, there was no getting around it. A good friend of mine who sat beside me insisted I take his window seat, and I begrudgingly obliged. Once the plane finally took off and I was able to look down from above at the tiny world below, my nerves settled themselves. And then, once we were among the clouds, I thought it was insanely beautiful. I’ve not been afraid to fly since. Other people aren’t so lucky – some people really have a legitimate fear of flying, and taking in the view does nothing to calm them down. But when paying attention to reality fails, immersing yourself in a virtual reality might just do the trick.
That’s the idea a company known as Airbus has, anyway. They are hard at work creating virtual reality headsets that will (ideally) allow passengers to completely forget they’re onboard an airplane. They picture dome-shaped headrests on the plane equipped with headphones, as well as visors that will come down to go over their eyes, effectively taking them to another place.
Even though I don’t mind flying now, I wouldn’t mind using virtual reality while in the air either, especially on one of those longer flights.
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