The Airbus company wants to know everything the passengers do during a flight, including how often they use the toilet during a certain period of time. The aircraft manufacturer began testing its aircraft starting in August, continuing with testing until the end of this year.
The aircraft includes sensors throughout the cabin, including the door locks on the toilet or chairs. The company says that this data will be used to help passengers avoid toilets during busy times, as well as to allow airlines to handle flights more intelligently.
In Los Angeles, for example, Airbus wants to know the consumption of passengers by plane – from toilet paper, coffee or watching movies. The European manufacturer and Boeing’s main rival last month began flying one of its large A350-900 aircraft to test what its executives believe is the cabin of the future: full of sensors that collect data on customs from board of its passengers.
The director of the company said that “It is not a concept, it is a dream”. The goal, they say, is to collect data on the behavior and consumption of passengers on board, information that could save airlines money and can get rid of certain inconveniences of passengers on board, such as queues at the toilet.
How does it works?
The company uses sensors in the cockpit, which collects data on passenger habit. These collected data are shared with the flight attendants and the rest of the cabin crew, as well as with the companies that provide the necessary for the flight.
For example, Airbus intends to track how many times the door lock is opened and closed so crews from the airline and cabin know how often the bathrooms are used and have a better idea when to re- fill the toilet with soap or toilet paper.
Also, the sensors on the chairs want to detect when one of them is malfunctioning or has a small defect, to be repaired immediately. The company intends to install mini-rooms on board for the queues in the toilet so that it can announce the passengers the approximate waiting time.
This information is also valid for the companies that provide the necessary water and food, so that the airline does not order too much or too little.
The tests on the A350 are scheduled to continue until the end of the year, but it is not known whether the airlines will want to benefit from these additional functions of the aircraft.