IATA releases air passenger health app

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced details of a new mobile app for passengers to monitor their health and wellbeing before, during and after a flight. 

Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO, pictured with the app.
Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO, pictured with the app.

Used in conjunction with a ‘Jawbone’ fitness wristband, the SkyZen app, with data and analytics supplied by OAG, enables air travellers to view their activity and sleep patterns throughout the whole flight experience.

Helpful hints will enable users to improve their travel experience and combat jet lag when crossing time zones.

“Recent advances in personal health monitoring give air travellers a great opportunity to track how they respond to the various stages of a trip. With its global perspective on the air transport industry, IATA is uniquely placed to develop a single app, which passengers can use across all flights, anywhere in the world. We are confident SkyZen delivers a completely new perspective on travel for passengers, with handy tips offering a fun and interactive way to improve the quality of their flying experience,” said Tom Windmuller, IATA senior vice president for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.

SkyZen is free to download and use from the Apple iTunes store, and currently works with the Jawbone health tracker. The Apple Watch and Fitbit version will be released shortly. Users of the app only need to enter their flight number, date and class of travel, and SkyZen will automatically collect and aggregate the data. Using the data collected, SkyZen will offer passengers personalised insights on their flight activity, and strategies to minimize jet lag before and after flight.

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