Did you know there is a product called Plane Pal which is designed to help young children sleep on flights? I certainly didn’t, probably because I don’t have kids.
Long haul travel is difficult enough without throwing little humans into the mix. I imagine Plane Pal would be very handy on really long flights such as Australia to Europe. What is it though?
The product is marketed to help keep babies, toddlers and kids more comfortable when flying. It is essentially an inflatable bag that sits in front of the seat on the floor, to extend the seat pan so a child can sleep better.
Once in flight, you inflate the thing with a pump and go ahead and use it. It’s not something I would have considered but apparently this is a thing.
How Do You Use It?
Interestingly, it is designed to be used in normal economy seats, bulkhead seats and even in premium economy. The bag is shaped so that turning it over or using it lengthwise allows it to adapt to the various pitches.
I think it’s quite clever. At this stage I must mention I am not being paid by Plane Pal, I just saw an article online about it and it intrigued me and so here we are.
Is It Approved By The Airlines?
According to the Plane Pal web site, it is approved for use by quite a decent number of airlines. Many of these are quite well known and you can see them below.
When you are on board the aircraft, you can only use the device when your child is seated in a window seat or in the middle seats. I am not sure how it works in a 3-4-3 configuration though.
Looking at the web site, it appears to be sold throughout the world. Not just the UK, but Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and of course the United States of America.
Priced at around £50, it seems to be quite reasonable to give a little bit more comfort to your child. The fact it might help them sleep throughout the long flight is probably a bonus for everyone on board, especially the parents.
Have you used something like a Plane Pal before? I’d love to hear what you think. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
All images via Plane Pal.