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So I’m not 100% sold on this idea, and I think I want to reach out to a couple of airlines to comment on their perspective, but Will R. points me to a do-it-yourself ‘extra shelf’ that window seat passengers can bring with them onto the plane.
spAIRtray is a clever idea, you insert it into the window shade track next to you, and it gives you a place to put your drink so you don’t have to take up existing tray space which you might be using to work on your laptop. And on a long haul flight it’s a place to put your glasses, too, that seems a whole lot better than putting them in the (gross) seat back pocket in front of you.
It’s available for $24.95 with Prime shipping on Amazon and the reviews there are good.
I don’t think I’m going to buy one, because I don’t want to add anything to my carry on bag. My goal is to travel as light as possible, my laptop bag is pretty slimmed down or else I’m using every bit of space for a short overnight so that I don’t need a rollaboard. (There’s nothing like the freedom of not even needing overhead bin space, and being able to board last.)
Still, this seems like it could appeal to someone in a window seat. And it would be a great conversation piece with your seat opponent when you whip it out.