Tulsa volunteers helping Boeing in a special study

Wednesday, April 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Okay, you take a dozen strangers, put them in a pressurized chamber for 20 hours, and see what happens. It's not the latest TV reality show. It is a scientific study going on in Tulsa.

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has teamed up with Boeing to study the effects of altitude on long-distance airplane flights. They've tried to simulate everything you'd experience on a typical flight - including cramped seats, a noisy cabin - even airline food.

Test subject, Clair Mathis, "Well, it was y'know not like one of your big-name restaurants, but no it was alright."

The volunteers will stay in the chamber until Wednesday. It's a long time - but they say at least they don't have to worry about crashing.