For many parents, flying long-haul with young children can be harrowing. Recently there has been a huge rise in popularity of sleeping devices like inflatable pillows, leg hammocks and cases that convert to beds.
Unfortunately Qantas and Jet Star have recently updated theirDangerous Goods and Prohibited Items guidelines stating that they will no longer be allowing devices that attach to seats or fit between seats.
According to the updated Qantas guidelines “these devices have the potential to impede access to seats and aisles, damage aircraft seats and fixtures, and block access to emergency equipment”.
Let’s take a look at some of the sleeping devices currently available and where they can be used.
If you have bought a sleeping device and are unsure whether you will be able to use it on board your next flight, check with the airline or the crew.
Plane Pal is an inflatable travel pillow that you insert between in the leg room between your child’s seat and the one in front. It effectively creates a full bed for kids to stretch out.
According to Plane Pal’s Facebook page, these sleeping devices have been officially approved for use by
- Singapore Airlines
- China Southern Airlines
- Alliance Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Air France
Fly LegsUp is a hammock that attaches to the tray table arms and inflatable pillows that can be configured to suit needs and comfort.
Neither the website or Facebook page has any specific information about which airlines will allow these sleeping devices, however they state that:
- The Fly LegsUp has been comprehensively tested by a CASA authorised aviation engineer.
- It was reviewed by CASA and they class it as a “carry on comfort aid” just like a neck pillow. A personal device designed to make economy more comfortable.
- It complies with FAA/GCAA/EASA/CASA safety regulations.
This is also an inflatable travel pillow that you insert between seats. There is no official information on their Facebook page about which airlines you can use it on. I would assume it would be the same as for Plane Pal as they are very similar sleeping devices.
This is a three-in-one travelling aid. It is a ride-on suitcase that can be used as a foot rest by placing it in the leg room of your child’s seat. It converts to a bed by folding out a thin mattress that stretches over your child’s seat and the suitcase.
Jet Kids mention that Singapore Airlines have approved the device but a lot of feedback on their Facebook page claim that many airlines have not allowed it to be used on board. Jet Kids responded by saying that they are in discussion with the major airlines.
Have you flown with a sleeping device? What was your experience?