Man baffles experts by not moving once on 17-hour flight

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer


One man has absolutely stumped experts by not moving once during his 17-hour flight from London to Perth.

While most people desperately try to escape the lack of legroom in between seats by getting up and walking around on the plane, the man is said to have stayed in the one spot for the whole duration of the flight.

The Qantas flight has since been studied by researchers at the University of Sydney, who couldn’t believe the man took zero steps.

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“The one thing we couldn’t believe was how little [he] moved,” said Professor Stephen Simpson told The Telegraph.

However, there is one slight catch, as the man wasn’t flying in economy but instead in business class, which of course has flat beds.

The man told researchers that he felt no need to stand up because he was so comfortable in his bed in the sky.

The man claims he was too comfortable to move. Photo: Getty Images

Speaking to the ABC last year, Professor Karlheinz Peter said people should be regularly moving around the plane when on a long-haul flight.

He claimed there is a greater risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (when a blood clot forms in the leg) if you remain in your seat for the duration of the flight.

“If you look at asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis [where there are no obvious signs], there are studies showing it occurs in up to 10 per cent of long-haul flights,” he said.

“You might have small damage in the wall of the vein. So it makes it easier for the next immobilisation that you increase the risk slightly to have deep vein thrombosis.”

He was sitting in Business Class on the Qantas flight so had a flat bed. Photo: Getty Images

While there is no specific outlines for how many times you should move around a flight, experts claim once every hour or two should be enough.

You can also minimise discomfort by booking an aisle seat so you feel you’re able to step around the plane easier and doing simple ankle and leg stretches in your chair.

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