Recent news reports indicate that economy seats on different airlines are shrinking in size. JetBlue, for example, boasts that their seats with 32 inches of pitch are the most generous amongst various airlines. But that's only in comparison to an industry chipping away at seat sizes.
Why is this happening? As various airlines look for creative ways to increase revenues, an unfortunate target has been the seats themselves. In fact, seats on flights have decreased to a point where one court deemed them a safety hazard for travelers.
But not all is lost. To combat the increasingly cramped economy class seats on most flights, some companies are coming up with products aimed at making air travel a little bit more bearable. For me personally, I'll take any additional comfort I can get while flying.
What are they, you ask?
For $25.00, Airhook offers a two-in-one solution for those who want to avoid further space reduction from a lowered tray table. Acting as a drink holder and secure electronics mount, it allows users to enjoy the convenience of the tray (but without having to actually use it.) Potential downside: It's one more thing you have to bring along in your carry-on bag.
2. Nod travel pillow
Especially for long distance travel, sleeping is all but necessary when you're trapped on a plane for several hours. However, in economy class--that can be nearly impossible. The nod travel pillow is working to fix that, however.
Launched on Kickstarter, this product originally earned more than $307,000 by 7,200+ backers--and is now being sold for $39.99. If you don't mind looking a little silly on your flight, you can secure the pillow under your chin and get some rest while remaining in an upright position.
3. Fly LegsUp
It's often hard to get comfortable on a plane, but Fly LegsUp is working to make it a little easier. This hammock attaches to the back of your seat and lets you support your stretched or curled up legs below.
Bonus: It touts health benefits such as reduced risk of DVT and foot swelling. Just be sure it doesn't disturb the person in front of you and is approved by your flight crew.
Especially with upcoming holiday travel, these gadgets might be the secret to a more positive in-flight experience. One thing's for sure: They're a whole lot cheaper than upgrading to a first-class seat.