Qantas offers virtual reality to mask drudgery of flying

MOST of us could only dream of having access to first class Qantas flights, but now the Australian airline wants to help passengers escape the drudgery of flying with virtual reality masks.

The plan is a leap ahead of other airlines, particularly budget carriers, that offer iPads or other tablets so travellers can watch television shows or movies during the flight.

Qantas has teamed up with Samsung Electronics Australia to allow flyers to be completely immersed in their entertainment.


The Samsung Gear VR headsets will be trialled for customers with access to the Qantas International First Loungers in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Certain first class travellers will also be able to give it a try.

Passengers will be put into "virtual worlds", whether in a movie or as part of a virtual tour of the A380.

"It's also a fantastic tool to feature our network's destinations, inspiring travel and promoting tourism," says Qantas' Olivia Wirth.

If the imagery looks a little familiar, it has a passing resemblance to technology in Pixar's Wall-E, pictured above, where travellers are couch-bound and have access to a floating screen.

No word yet on whether the Qantas technology would be rolled out for passengers flying economy if the trial proves successful.


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