Engineers will see similar uniform upgrades, such as LEDs in jacket hoods to provide hands-free illumination for aircraft inspections and maintenance. Other improvements include reflective laser-cut embellishments for extra visibility on the air field, built-in video cameras and microphones for remote diagnoses of technical issues, and air-quality sensors and barometers to help engineers map and monitor their work environment.
Not to be outdone, ground staffers will receive LED-embedded jacket cuffs to promote aircraft movement on the runway.
“We are excited to be working with easyJet in creating the future of aviation,” Francesca Rosella, chief creative director at CuteCircuit, as well as its co-founder, said in a statement. “The cabin crew uniforms and engineers’ uniforms represent cutting-edge developments in wearable technology, and are a first in the aviation industry. The uniforms unite fashionable style with novel functionalities, increasing safety and communication with passengers to create a truly unique in-flight experience.”
While CuteCircuit’s enhancements may appear more zeitgeisty than utilitarian, EasyJet says they offer practical solutions that are a mere glimpse of “things to come.”
“Our crew’s primary concern is for the safety of all passengers,” said Tina Milton, head of cabin crew for EasyJet, “so it is really exciting to be working on this pioneering new technology which could transform the capability of our uniforms, helping crew to be more easily identified in an emergency, as well as helping them to provide great service to passengers.”