Travelling with kids in economy on a long-haul flight could become more bearable with a new portable hammock that claims to allow small children to sleep flat.
Supported by two inflatable leg pillows placed on a hammock attached to the handles of the tray table in front, the Fly LegsUp device also says it provides sufficient room for adults to find comfort with their feet or knees up.
Whether you prefer crossing your legs or stretching them out, the gadget can be adapted to the user’s needs by adjusting the height at which the hammock hangs from the tray table as well as the inflation of the pillows, while its tail end sits beneath you.
Young children will be able to curl up in a flat position. “Children tend to lie across parents laps and it can be impossible to continue to wear a seatbelt, but with the hammock they can continue to wear a seatbelt,” the company claims.
Fly LegsUp says the hammock could also help reduce foot and leg swelling and the risk of deep vein thrombsis, a blood clot that usually occurs in the legs, as well as help relieve back pain associated with sitting for long periods of time.
Featuring a compact design and weighing around 490 grams, the travel-friendly device has been made with a “special fabric” that grips the seat under you. It can be easily stored away by deflating the pillows and tucking the hammock into the magazine pocket of the seat in front of you, and can be easily clipped to your bag, belt or suitcase.
Approved and tested by an engineer authorised by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia, Fly LegsUp is also said to comply with the airline safety regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency, the US Federal Aviation Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates, and is said to be allowed on board by most airlines.
While Fly LegsUp says the hammock is not a disturbance to the passenger in front, it must be attached before the passenger reclines their seat. And of course it won’t be useful if you have no tray table or passenger seat in front of you.
It is not to be used during taxi, take-off and landing.
“The Fly LegsUp flight hammock poses no structural risk to the seat structure, metal table assembly, metal tray table arms (with table stowed or deployed) or the seat occupied by the passenger. As a carry on comfort aid, the hammock poses no risk to cabin flammability, egress or cabin safety if its permitted use is as per standard cabin practices and removed from the seat for taxi, take-off and landing," says Jason Hazell, the CASA-approved director and engineer of Aviation Engineers Pty Ltd.