Currently, with the development of economy and the improvement of people's living standards, more people would prefer traveling by air. However, sitting for extended periods of time on a long flight would be an uncomfortable joyless experience and it may have negative implications for health. A study from the World Health Organisation confirmed that the risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE) approximately doubles after travel lasting four hours or more. So carrying out some stretches frequently as well as standing up and moving around as often as possible under permitted conditions would help to improve blood circulation and relieve muscle soreness.
Designing a system which helps air travelers reduce stiffness and fatigue by doing inflight stretches effectively and conveniently is the ultimate goal of this thesis project. FlightFit is an iOS application which introduces basic stretching techniques to air travelers in an interactive way. Users can not only stretch different muscle groups by following the default sessions visually and acoustically, but can also customize their own stretching plans based on different needs through the application. The thesis project utilizes UI Design, UX Design and Motion Graphics Design methodologies, which aims at providing air travelers an accessible and effective solution to help them improve flexibility and keep body active during long flights. The whole process can be divided into four stages in this project: Research, Design, Evaluation and Implementation. Each stage involves relevant design methodologies, tools and outcomes that take part in the process to make this project highly efficient and usable. The final deliverables of this project are an interactive prototype and a motion prototype for iPhone and iPad
Visual Communication Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CAD)
Nancy A. Ciolek
Jiang, Ninglin, "FlightFit: An Application Enabling Air Travelers to Do Stretches Onboard" (2018). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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