New airline features we'd like to see

Flying would be a pleasure if these amenities were added.

Red Nose Day British AirwaysRed Nose Day British AirwaysDarcey Bussell poses wearing a Comic Relief Red nose before directing British Airways colleagues as they recreate the airline's famous 1989 'Face' advert to celebrate Red Nose Day 2015. (Photo: Nick Morrish / British Airways via Getty Images)

Unless you fly first class all the time, you and the pinched nerve in your back are well aware that flying in 2015 kinda stinks. Tight seats, long security lines, people cramming trunks into the overhead, fees for everything under the sun, and no decent food. 

British Airways sympathizes with the flying public's plight. It is starting a "mindfulness" program on its new San Francisco-to-London route. The idea is to "help travelers experience calm and focused travel, even when there is a lot of activity going on," Mark Coleman, the airline's mindfulness consultant, told Coleman will be featured in calming meditation videos on the in-flight entertainment system. The airline will also give passengers more healthful food choices.

If it's successful, it's likely British Airways will implement the plan on other routes, including its New York to Tel Aviv flight. British Airways isn't the only business that wants to ensure calm passengers. The Israeli company Silentium is developing a noise-cancelling device that can be embedded in airplane seat headrests, creating a "bubble" of calm around the passenger's head.

This is all great progress. Of course, an even better way to keep from stressing passengers out is to address all the issues we listed in the first paragraph. Failing that, though, here are three more "relaxing" things we'd love to see in the coach cabin in the near future – all of which start with an "M," coincidentally:

Massage chairs

Massage chairA shoulder and back massage could make all the difference between a miserable flight and a blissful one. (Photo: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock)

You know those massage chairs you see in the mall? Where you put your head in a ring, kneel forward, and let someone knead your shoulders for 15 minutes? Wouldn't a couple of rows of those be the best thing in the world? It can be a revenue generator for the airline; who wouldn't pay $50 extra for an in-flight massage? And there can be a reservation system to curtail stressful lines.

Mani-pedi station

Mani-Pedi chairEven guys would appreciate a few minutes of pampering during a long flight, like at this mani-pedi station. (Photo: AnikaNess/Shutterstock)

Even the most spa-averse passenger (cough guyscough) would welcome a chance to stick their feet in a warm bath and have their nails filed down. It sure as heck would be better than having that kid kick the back of your seat for 12 hours, right? The technical hurdle that would have to be cleared, though, is what to do with the water between each appointment. It's not like people can stick their feet in that blue gunk that swirls in the lavatory toilets.

Media Room

Media RoomIt might make for an expensive ticket, but being in a media room would make the long hours fly by. (Photo: pics721/Shutterstock)

A big-screen TV, reclining chairs, chips and dip, beers and the big game or a blockbuster movie playing in a media room. Sure, it would add expense to your ticket, but it would be worth it to forget that you're flying in a tube.

Makeup booths

Make-up counterWouldn't a tired passenger want a quick makeup job before dashing off to that meeting? We think they would. (Photo: Gabriella Maj/Getty Images)

You know how tired and haggard you usually look after a long flight? Maybe the airlines can hire people who work the makeup counters at department stores to "freshen up" passengers before they exit the plane for a big meeting or to meet a loved one. Some concealer, a little spritz of perfume or cologne, a brush through the hair, and you should be good as new.

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