easyJet anticipates how travel could be in 2070

‘The Future Travel Report’ recently published by easyJet delves into a distant future, looking at how technology could change our way of flying in 2070. Is fiction close to reality or vice versa?

For the first time, easyJet’s ‘The Future Travel Report’ gathered Europe’s leading futurists and experts together from the worlds of aerospace, innovation and engineering to anticipate and imagine how the world will -or could- travel in 50 years’ time. Delving into the future of travel remains indeed a fascinating topic that is present at every ITB Berlin Convention.

The easyJet report is co-authored by Professor Birgitte Andersen of Birkbeck, University of London and CEO of Big Innovation Centre; Dr Melissa Sterry, design scientist and complex systems theorist; and renowned futurists Shivvy Jervis and Dr Patrick Dixon, as well as Director of Transport Systems at Cranfield University, Professor Graham Braithwaite and  Nikhil Sachdeva, Principal for aerospace and defence and sustainable aviation at consultancy Roland Berger. 

Technological advances will totally change our way of travelling with a stream of new inventions transforming the travel experience agreed all the easyJet report experts. The findings predict the following transformations:

Airport journey and air travel experience to be revolutionised

  • Heartbeat and biometric passports will replace the traditional passport, for passengers to breeze through their airport. Much like fingerprints and the retina, every person’s cardiac signature is unique. Passengers’ heartbeat signatures and biometric details will be logged on a global system in the same way finger-print scanning technology works today. 
  • Ergonomic and biomimetic sensory plane seats will become the norm, with smart materials adapting to passengers’ body shape, height, weight, and temperature, providing the ultimate tailored comfort flying experience
  • Inflight entertainment will be beamed directly in front of passenger’s eyes, via opto-electronic devices, replacing the need for onboard screens or downloading movies before you fly 
  • e-VTOL air taxis will do away with the airport car park shuttle – the journey to the airport will be quicker and more convenient than ever before with 85% of passengers arriving by e-VTOLs from their homes to the terminal.

A transformed accommodation experience

  • 3D printed hotel buffet food will allow holidaymakers to 3D print whatever they want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while reducing food waste.
  • Subterranean hotels built into the fabric of the earth that are super energy efficient and at one with the environment
  • All hotel rooms will be smart rooms with beds already pre-made to exactly desired firmness, ambient temperatures and favourite music playing based upon preferences you select in advance of booking the holiday
  • A holographic personal holiday concierge will accompany holidaymakers to provide up-to-date destination information and assistance throughout their stay 
  • 3D printed, recyclable holiday clothes on arrival at the hotel will remove the need for suitcases and fast holiday fashion as travellers can print the clothes required in their hotel rooms, tailored to their perfect fit and style, and recycle the materials for the next guest to enjoy. 
  • Human powered hotels which harvest energy from its guests’ footsteps in order to generate power.

Innovations in experiences and activities in destination

  • ‘Time-travelling’ holiday experiences – tomorrow’s travellers will be able to holiday in past by wearing haptic suits at historical sites that enable them to immerse themselves in live historical surroundings marveling wonders of the ancient world like the Colossus of Rhodes during a stroll in Rhodes Town, or cheering among the crowds of the original Olympic Games in Ancient Greece.
  • Try before you buy – bionic and Meta holiday previews ahead of going on holiday that allow you to experience locations before booking your easyJet holiday
  • Underwater ‘sea-faris’ – aquatic adventures onboard submarines for tourists deep beneath the sea discovering marine life in under water marine parks  
  • Local language in-ear devices will be available to take on holiday to translate the local language in real time and enable us to speak the local lingo 
  • E-foiling, cable skiing and flyboarding will become the norm on offer for rent on the beach front, truly taking water sports to another level. 

easyJet complete report can be downloaded here.

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