MIND READER | HYPNOTIST
A WORLD FIRST HYPNOTIC EXPERIMENT
Thomas Cook Airlines & Aaron worked together to help five frequent flyers from across the UK fall back in love with flying. The participants from Kinross, Preston, St Albans & Bristol all assembled in the early hours of the morning at Gatwick Airport.
Aaron spent 20 minutes hypnotising the participants to forget all memories of ever having been on a plane before.He then convinced them that today would be the first time they had set foot on an airplane and they were being filmed as part of a documentary on flying for the very first time.
With the scene set and the suggestions taking hold, they headed to the airport.
Aaron said: “What was amazing is how each person took the suggestion in their own way and made it make sense in relation to their life. Murray who had flown down the night before from Scotland told us he’d got the train down, which made sense, and James, the most frequent flyer of them all, declared it had never interested him to go on a plane and drove to European destinations. All made up, as these people fly on planes all the time.”
The participants spent eight hours under hypnosis and experienced every element of air travel as if for the first time. Although they were hypnotised they were fully conscious and awake, completely their normal selves.
Each person was filmed as they waited expectantly in the departure lounge, watching the planes take off, before excitedly boarding. The ‘first time passengers’ smiled and expressed their delight as they found their seats. There was a lot of debate over who should get a window seat. For them, everything was brand new and exciting.
During the day Aaron mentioned: “It’s been really eye-opening. These guys absolutely believe this is their first flight and what’s amazing is the simplest things brought such joy. They looked out of a window in the airport, saw a plane and couldn’t believe the size of it. There was a lot of speculation as to whether it could actually take off, and an almost childlike excitement to their constant questions!”
As the plane took off the participants craned their necks to get a view out of the window, if it weren’t for the seatbelts they’d have been sitting on each other’s knees. The look of wonder on their faces as they felt the plane leave the ground is part of what this experiment was hoping to recreate.
Not a set of headphones or a mobile phone in sight, this group of #FirstTimeFlyers couldn’t help take full advantage of seeing an uninterrupted view from above the clouds. They enjoyed the in-flight meal courtesy of James Martin and all agreed on how fun and fast their first flight had been.
Soon it was time to experience a landing, which provided much amusement for those on board.
Finally, after landing, it was time to come clean and give them back their memories. In an instant, they remembered all the times they had flown before and just how different this experience had felt when they had actually taken a moment to sit back and enjoy the flight and not, as over 55% of Brits feel, that flying is a means to an end. It’s safe to say this lot were ready for their next flight.
After the experience, Jade said: “It was amazing to have a ‘first time flying’ experience again and it definitely made us realise how much we take flying for granted. It’s incredible to think that all our memories of flying were forgotten. To people who have never flown before, I would say to enjoy it and don’t get into the bad habit of thinking that flying is an inconvenience because it really is a truly incredible experience.”
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HOW DID THE PARTICIPANTS FIND IT?
James, a professional photographer who travels all over the world for work and family holidays, said: “I had a massive range of emotions up in the air. It’s made me realise how incredible flying is. If I hadn’t been hypnotised myself, I’d be the guy saying, ‘that’s fake’. But I can guarantee, it’s the most strange, bizarre and beautiful experience. If you haven’t flown before, just do it.”
Jo mentioned: “It was an incredible experience!! I have flown many, many times over the past 30 plus years and I truly believed this was my first flight. I loved every moment!”
Murray said: “It was a truly incredible feeling, so relaxing and enjoyable. Being hypnotised is incredible feeling I highly recommend it and the day truly made me love flying again. So go on jump on a plane you will love it.”
“We think that your holiday should start as you arrive at the airport and board the aircraft, which is why we want to show the fun of flying through this experiment. ”
Director of Group Cabin Crew Management at Thomas Cook Airlines, Maggie Kennedy