Restless children and long-haul flights are rarely a formula for success.
In fact, for most airline passengers, the sound of a screaming child is enough to turn the friendly skies into a hive of hostility.
So, the invention of a device which could placate the nation’s little darlings might just be a game-changer for everyone involved.
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Silent night flight: The Fly LegsUp could transform travel for restless youngsters on planes
The Fly LegsUp is a simple contraption which, at just £45, instantly transforms an economy seat into a handy hammock.
The Australian-based invention is used by hooking onto the passenger’s fold-down tray, then extended to create the effect of a lie-flat bed.
Washable and weighing less than 500g – making it perfect carry-on luggage – it also doubles as a safety net for the child’s toy collection, which frequently finds itself lost between the aisles.
The package, which can also serve adults as a leg rest, comes with a large inflatable pillow, two smaller cushions and a travel bag.
Additionally, UK postage from the Fly LegsUp greater London warehouse is just £2.80.
Why didn’t I think of that? The package, which can also serve adults as a leg rest, comes with a large inflatable pillow, two smaller cushions and a travel bag
Portable: The cushions are inflatable and the entire package collapses into a handy bag
Good idea: The Australian-based invention is used by hooking it onto the passenger’s fold-down tray, then extending it to create the effect of a lie-flat bed
HOW IT BEGAN
The first prototype was produced on a long flight using a torn-up pillow case and a travel sewing kit.
Input was then sought from an industrial designer and an aeronautical engineer, to perfect the design.
It has now been reviewed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and classed as a carry-on comfort aid (just like a neck pillow).
One happy customer, called Brionee, detailed her surprisingly pleasant experience with the device after flying from Australia to the United Arab Emirates.
‘I recently did a trip from Sydney to Abu Dhabi with my 14mth old son Freddy,’ she said on the site’s official product page.
‘I honestly thought it would be the most horrid flight ever – how wrong I was. The kids Fly LegsUp saved my life. It’s such an awesome product and works amazingly to create a cot flat/but comfy feel.
‘Freddy slept most of the way, then played with his cars for the remainder of the flight in it. Thanks guys. Here is gorgeous Freddy – loving his big boy seat/bed. Seriously best product ever!’
Comfort: Youngsters will also no longer need to worry about losing their beloved toys
Healthy option? Elevating your feet and legs increases venous return to the heart which helps to keep foot swelling to a minimum