Development of physical discomfort of airline pilots during prolonged sitting

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Discomfort was recorded by 26 airline pilots during flight. Thirteen reported their discomfort during a long haul flight and 13 completed the questionnaires during short haul flights. Discomfort values increased with time to high values, but with a modest decrease towards the end of the flight. Most discomfort was reported in the low back area. For the short haul flights upper back values were high and for long haul flights the buttock showed high values.
Period3 Sept 2021
Event titleInternational Comfort Congress 2021
Event typeConference
LocationNottingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • comfort
  • discomfort
  • flight deck seat
  • pilots