If you thought it was ridiculous to watch a man scoff down three full-size jam donuts just to break a world record, then you’re really going to cringe at this one.

A man recently broke the record for longest time seated on a plane by not moving on a 17-hour Qantas non-stop flight from Perth to London.

Unhealthy and so uncomfortable right?


We thought so too until we realised he was flying in Business Class! Dude had all the comfort in the sky.

The man’s motionless journey was part of research into jet lag conducted by the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney and the Flying Kangaroo.

Qantas Dreamliner 787/9 Business Suite

According to the Daily Mail, subjects were asked to record how they felt during and after the flight in regards to activity, sleep and posture changes.

The man who managed to avoid taking any steps on the 17-hour journey (not even to pee BTW) said he was so comfy in Qantas’ Business Class that he had no reason to get up from his seat.

Researchers were so amazed by his ability to remain still that they double-checked the equipment to ensure they were working properly.

“The one thing we couldn’t believe was how little [he] moved. One subject took zero steps.”

Professor Stephen Simpson, Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney


From the study, researchers found the average rating for jet lag among 20 flyers was 2.2, with eight being the most severe.

Passengers who maintained a normal routine throughout the flight were likely to feel better than those who moved around the plane.

In saying that, it’s important to remember that staying still on a long-haul flight increases your chances of getting blood clots.


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Would you go crazy sitting still for 17 hours?