With today’s availability of wearable technology, we are able to take a more hands-on approach to monitoring health symptoms in relation to flight.  So we built the Flight Health app to capture real-time data on how flight may affect  health, including how flight impacts heart rate and rhythm, cognitive functioning, breathing, oxygen saturation at altitude, and health symptoms.

Get the App

The app is available free for any interested flight attendant, pilot, former crew member, or passenger with an iPhone. You can download the Flight Health app in the Apple app store.

Once you download the app and open it, you will be prompted through a series of questions to set up your profile and register.  You will also be asked if you agree to have the Flight Health app sync with the Apple Health app that you already have on your phone.

If you’d like to use the app and contribute to our data collection, we recommend that you track flight(s) on your iPhone starting from 2 hours before departure, during the flight, and within 2 hours after landing. Tracking will include answering questions about your health, including sleep quality, and cognitive tests. Each activity should take no more than 5 minutes.

Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Watch, you can also sync the watch with the Flight Health app.   The app itself measures health symptoms, cognitive functioning, and sleep quality through a series of questions and exercises.  And the Apple Watch measures your heart rate and rhythm, and physical activity (steps taken). As you enter data pre, during, and post-flight, you will see the effects of flight at these stages on your heart rate and rhythm, and physical activity via the Apple Health app.

Your Participation is Invaluable

Your participation adds a wealth of information to the little we currently know about health before, during, and after flying. Our hope is that this research will shed light on subtle, difficult to detect flight-related changes in health markers, sleep, and mood that could affect the risk of diagnosable health outcomes. Our goal is to distribute the full sensor package to as many flight attendants as possible in future research efforts.

Rigorous Research Standards and Confidentiality

As a research initiative of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we adhere to strict ethical and privacy procedures.  All research activity conducted is reviewed and approved by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure maintenance of data security, confidentiality, and compliance with ethical guidelines for human subjects research.  All data is encrypted and transmitted securely to a password-protected storage database. Harvard researchers are trained in handling highly confidential data and will not disclose personal information to anyone at any time without your consent. We take great care to protect the privacy of your information.