Have you ever noticed that, regardless of what airline you use, the seats are usually some shade of blue?
Granted, they may have a little splurch of color, like red or gray, but for the most part, they’re blue. And usually a pretty dark blue, at that.
In fact, if you go searching, you’ll only find very few airlines that have seats which aren’t blue. The Sukhoi Superjet‘s seats are gray with a strip of blue in them. SWISS’s Bombardier’s CS100 seats are a grayish-white. And, of course, Virgin has planes with black seats, white seats or red seats (as well as purple lighting) because Richard Branson. 😉
But otherwise, chances are good that if you go on a plane, your seat will be blue. What’s up with that?
Not surprisingly, it’s another one of the little mind games that airports and airlines play. These are some that we’ve discussed in the past:
- Airports are specifically designed to make you do specific things at specific times
- Why airports have carpeting
The blue seats are another way to help people stay calm.
The people who maintain the Color Psychology website say:
Blue is a color that suggests peace. The color of the calm sea and clear sky are both blue which helps promote inner serenity, calm, and clarity. Blue can also slow your heart rate and breathing, making it the perfect color to choose when mediating and relaxing.
Blue also has a psychological push for loyalty and trust and is generally considered a “non threatening” color.
When you’re 35,000 feet, you want people to be as calm as possible and to have trust in their cabin crew. So…blue it is!
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