Virgin Atlantic Is Testing Google Glass To Make Its Check-in Process Less Hellish

Does it beam SkyMall too?

Cute look. (Photo: Virgin Atlantic)

Cute look. (Photo: Virgin Atlantic)

In case you were worrying that the airport checkin experience couldn’t become anymore invasive, Virgin Atlantic is going to alleviate those fears. The airline announced last night that it’s integrating Google Glass into the “passenger experience” as part of a trial program.

Flyers who purchase the pricey Upper Class tickets at London Heathrow will be the first to see the $1,500 face computers in action. Employees will use Glass to “update passengers on their latest flight information, weather and local events at their destination and translate any foreign language information,” writes the Telegraph 

If all goes well, the plan is to deliver more passenger information, like dietary and refreshment information, to the employee’s eyeballs. It’s not a permanent fixture yet, however. Glass will be part of a four-week trial to see if it’s actually easier for the workers to obtain that information, which is already available on its computers. 

A true technological feat will come when Glass is able to scan the plane for crying babies and seat you as far as possible away from them.