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Airline's cute, unusual safety tactic

Airlines Unusual, Cute Safety Tactic

We all enjoy a little in-flight entertainment, but British Airways is putting a furry new spin on the perk...puppies and kittens.

It's called "Paws and Relax TV" and believe it or not, it's a safety tactic. On top of being outrageously adorable, the program is supposed to calm down passengers.

And if you have a difficult time flying, this could actually calm your nerves!

Researchers in Japan conducted a study that suggests looking at images of cute animals relieves stress and lowers the heart rate possibly because of the positive feelings that they cause.

And the benefits could extend to the ground...

The same study suggests we should keep these lovable guys around the office because they improve production and help with concentration. So bring on the cuteness!

The channel is set to air in the air in September.

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Mike August 14 2014 at 6:34 AM

It won't be long before airlines use real kittens and threaten passengers to either calm down or they will throw the kitten out of the plane.

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topaz59 August 14 2014 at 12:00 PM

And when the animals get older and they are no longer cute, they get dumped as we do with old greyhounds after they can't run and win, right? Not to mention passengers suing the airline if an animal has an accident abd ruins an expensive garment (even though most airline passengers dress as if they are going to do home chores)

We certainly live in an idiot world.

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pikahereandthere topaz59 August 14 2014 at 1:34 PM

second comment by a moron who cannot read. I'm just going to copy my last reply: can you read? it's a TV channel, as in VIDEOS of kittens and puppies. There will be no live animals on board. geeesh! talk about missing the whole article, which was a whole 8 sentences long.

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topaz59 pikahereandthere August 14 2014 at 1:59 PM

I am not a do-nothing like you, sucker! That's why I don't have all the time in the world to read every article written here.

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I love Snickers topaz59 August 14 2014 at 6:44 PM

topaz, you're no jewel. Just a bitter sad cow pie.

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patriot1too August 14 2014 at 8:03 AM

We prefer AirTran Airlines for all of our travel needs. Never had a problem and great customer service. Glad that Southwest Merged with AirTran Airlines.

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boardsrbetter patriot1too August 14 2014 at 12:30 PM

Southwest is the worst possible airline to fly. They are rude and unprofessional. Try delta my friend, your experience will be much better.

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TR by ML Neal... patriot1too August 14 2014 at 9:22 PM

As long as they don't destroy you luggage.

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jurmik August 14 2014 at 10:21 AM

I only fly the BA, Hel-Lon-Ams-Hel, super flights, no puppydogs needed, they are cute though. God save the Queen.

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TR by ML Neal... August 14 2014 at 9:27 PM

OKay, power of suggestion. Some people will get sick just looking at a video of something they are severely allergic to. What are these people to do when the video is splashed on every screen in the plane. The allergic person is held hostage on that flight. Not very well thought out. Still lawsuits waiting to happen.

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coffeetime9 TR by ML Neal... August 15 2014 at 1:22 AM

You have the option of having your TV on or off, no problem!

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TR by ML Neal... August 14 2014 at 9:22 PM

And what do you do if you have a plane full of allergic passengers. I mean epi-pen allergic. Are the passengers warned before they get on the plane. Is the plane cleaned of all traces of these "critters" between flights? Sounds like a sick mess and many, many lawsuits waiting to happen. Whose bright idea was this.....

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coffeetime9 TR by ML Neal... August 15 2014 at 1:23 AM

Read the article, no live animals on the plane.

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caron August 14 2014 at 2:42 PM

Shaking my head in disbelief and total agreement with you ;)

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airmexico August 14 2014 at 1:47 PM

Out of Ideas?

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alfredschrader August 14 2014 at 1:37 PM

Cute little do-dads are nice, but they'll only keep you calm for your last breaths.
If you look closely at the plane pictured, you'll notice tiny stain tracks under the rear control surfaces on the tail on top of faded paint.
Jet are manufactured with the finest paint there is.
For it to be faded, and dull it has to be atleast 5 years old which means that plane is out of warranty.
Manufacturers only give a three year warranty because they don't expect
the parts to last longer than three years.
If the plane you are boarding has faded and dull paint, I'd ask for a refund and take another flight on an "in-warranty" plane. And then you could be calm and relax without the do-dads.

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rbsalomao August 14 2014 at 6:46 AM

All we need now is to sacrifice animals on board of airplanes just to "calm "passengers down.

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