What’s grosser than gross? Reaching into the seat back pocket in front of you and finding a used tissue. During the pandemic. Which then also makes you realize that all of the ‘clean commitments’ that your airline made aren’t really being carried out.
Fortunately there’s a product to both ensure a sanitary tray table and seat back pocket, and make that seat pocket more useful so you can have all of your items well-organized in front of you: Airplane Pockets.
For $30++ you get a tray tray table cover with four expandable pockets. You don’t need to touch the table at your seat, just your own tray table cover. And you don’t have to reach into the seat pocket in front of you – while making that storage space more useful. And the ‘airplane pocket’ is washable, too.
My major concern is that while I like the idea of a better seat back pocket – and something more sanitary – that I don’t want to schlepp it with me and stuff it into my laptop bag. However they point out that it’s foldable and even claim it can “fit in your pant pocket.”
Here’s how it installs at your seat:
There are many inventions, not all uncontroversial, meant to improve the inflight experience. The knee defender keeps the passenger in front of you from reclining but has also led to conflicts. Less so the armrest splitter or the spAIRtray which gives you a little ledge beside the window seat that you install in the aircraft window.
You can even install a stained glass window beside your seat.
Even these were more than niche products you’d expect airlines to monetize the opportunities themselves. But while I worry about whether most of these products will be considered acceptable on board, the idea of installing your own seat back pocket seems like something you can do without too much controversy. Whether or not it’s worth $30++ likely depends on your need to nestle in for a long flight and whether you’ll have the opportunity to wash it before your return journey (or connecting flight?).