Airplanes are equipped with entertainment screens, tray tables, side tables, USB and A/C sockets, but not all of these features are available on every aircraft. And sometimes, we need a bit more to make the flight enjoyable, which is why we’ve found three gadgets designed for flying we think can really benefit a frequent flyer.
This small device can work with any airline that has a 3.5mm jack. All you have to do is pair it with your wireless headphones by pressing on the button until you see an amber color, wait until your headphones/earbuds discover AirFly, and once they pair with each other, plug in the AirFly into the jack that’s (usually) somewhere on the armrest and you’re done!
Oh, and did we mention that the AirFly can be used with any wireless earphones? Not just AirPods? Once fully charged, AirFly can last up to eight hours and can be recharged via a USB, so even if you run out during a super long flight, you can stick it into your computer or bring along a connector (some airlines even offer USB charging in economy) and recharge it right in your seat. Even if you’re sitting in a business or first class seat, you can still take advantage of AirFly, especially if you’re wanting to wear your small earbuds versus the larger headphones that are supplied. Aside from the airplane, you can use Airfly anywhere that has a 3.5mm jack, including the equipment at the gym or even the speaker in your living room.
Price: $39.99 on Amazon
Need more space around your seat to place additional items? spAIRtray is here to save the day. This small foldable table measures 12 by 4 by 0.25 inches and can fit in any carry-on. All you have to do is insert it into the window shade, adding over 30 percent more space. Some airlines offer a limited amount of space to place your drinks and other items, especially on smaller aircraft, which is why we love the spAIRtray. The only downside is the gadget only works for those sitting in a window seat.
Price: $25 on Amazon
Flight Flap XL
We love our phones and our tablets, and although many airplanes are equipped with screens on the back of each seat, sometimes we just want to watch our own shows and films we’ve downloaded on our devices. However, holding up that device for long periods of time can tire out your arms and hands, which is why the Flight Flap XL can be a pain-saver. The Flight Flap XL measures 12 by 8 by 1 inch, and attaches to most seats and tray tables and can be used for any sized tablet or phone. The flap can be folded to the right position, and when not in use you simply fold it completely flat for easy storage.
Price: $19.99 on Amazon