For many people, AIR travel is a very stressful experience! Space is cramped, there is no leg room, there are numerous rules and more often than not you’re elbow-to-elbow with a complete stranger! Unless you fly first class of course…
Although it doesn’t seem like it, airlines really do try to make the experience as calming as possible. Unexpectedly, the colour of the seats is a big factor…
All of you have probably noticed that most aeroplanes have blue seats, even Easyjet, who usually splashes its signature shade of tangerine around the cabin.
However, there is actually a scientific reason behind the choice of the colour blue, and it’s not because it’s best at hiding dirt.
The scientific reason behind it is that the popular shade of deep blue is that it produces calming chemicals in the body, which lessens the chance of plane range and creating a sense of well-being.
The experts at Colour Psychology said: “Blue is a colour that suggests peace – it’s the colour of the calm sea and the clear sky, both of which are linked to inner serenity, calm and clarity.
“Blue is also shown to slow heart rate and breathing, so it can be a good colour to aid in meditation or relaxation.”
The experts at Colour Psychology also said: “The colour is also supposed to appear trustworthy, which is why people often wear blue suits to job interviews.”
Given that a plane is about to be defying nature and flying hundreds of passengers through the sky, it makes sense that they want passengers to trust them
Also, there are various studies which state that the colour blue also changes a person’s senses. According to the website Popular Science, 48 per cent of people in a study believed a fizzy drink presented in a blue glass would be more thirst-quenching that another colour because it was associated with the cold.
Therefore, airlines believe that the shade of blue will also help passengers feel cooler.
During the 1970s and 80s, there was a trend for airlines to install red seats in cabins but they were later removed because warm colour can spark hostile and angry emotions in passengers.
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