If you're getting ready to get on a plane to go to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving, you're probably flying coach. And you'll probably want to sleep, but won't be able to because only small children can get comfortable enough to get good rest in coach. (But they don't rest. They scream and kick the back of your chair.) And even the act of leaning your seat back may invoke the wrath of the person sitting behind you. So you'll arrive at Grandma's tired and cranky.
Enter the SleepySelfieStick. When company founder Todd Vance tweeted at me, I laughed at the totally bizarre-looking product, and then shared a video of it with friends. Then I asked Todd to contact me, because heaven knows we all would like to have a better experience during our airplane flights.
Vance conceived the product after numerous transatlantic flights and one horrible turbulence-filled flight to the West Coast that left his neck "trashed." He was so exhausted that his trip was disrupted. He hoped to solve this and allow us mere mortals who don't get business-class seats to have better flights.
While the device won't be available until mid-December, a few people have had the chance to try it out, and they love it, most notably John Paul Dejoria, the owner of Paul Mitchell hair care products, who told Vance, "Very inventive and creative. Could solve the problem of uncomfortable travel." Dejoria was the first person to purchase the SleepySelfieStick, and he bought two.
Since it isn't available yet, I haven't tried one, but I have high hopes. Last summer, I flew coach from London to Las Vegas, which is about 10 hours in the air. I sat next to a very nice gentleman who fell asleep and invaded my space. If he'd had one of these weird-looking things, he would have slept in his own space, which would have made my trip better. I could have also slept in my own space, which would have been nice, but I only invaded the space of my own child, which somehow feels appropriate.
Because it has a stick with it, I was concerned that the TSA might decide it's a weapon. But Vance said that it hasn't been, and won't be, a problem, because selfie sticks, canes, and other stick-like things are allowed on flights.
If you're concerned that you'd look like a fool with your face planted into one of these things, understand that you hardly look like a supermodel when you're sleeping with one of those ubiquitous neck pillows. Or, rather, trying to sleep with one of those neck pillows, because while they are better than nothing, they aren't a true solution.
If this thing works as Vance says it does, it could thwart the airlines' latest plans to make flying even more miserable than it currently is. It's worth a shot.