Mums swear by the lightweight gadget that helps their kids sleep on flights by turning plane seats into beds – The Sun

MUMS have praised a $80 (£65) gadget which helps their kids to sleep on a plane during a flight by converting the seats into a miniature bed.

Called Plane Pal, the inflatable pillow neatly folds away to make it easy to travel with.

Australian mum Jaimie Anastas took one with her on a Qantas flight to Sydney to Doha when travelling with her baby, Mila.

Shared on Facebook, the caption explained: "What do you get when you add Plane Pal (Hiding under the pillow) and a $5 Kmart pets bed to you carry on? You get a very happy baby!!!! Total parent win here!!!"

The Plane Pal cushion comes with a small pump and carry bag, and weighs around 1kg.

When it needs to be used, it is then unrolled and inflated.

The Points Guy's Kathleen Porter Kristiansen also tried it for herself when travelling with her four-year-old son.

She praised the pillow for not taking up much space, explaining: "I can inflate [it] without anyone noticing and quickly hide the inflated cushion under a blanket with my kids’ legs on it."

The Plane Pal was invented by Samantha Cardone, a mum of three, who would regularly travel with her children while in Australia,

She explained: " I have been that mother desperately rocking a screaming child whilst pacing the aisle. I have also been the mother pinned under twin sleeping toddlers for 6 hours straight, with dead legs and a desperate need to visit the bathroom.

"I wanted to create a product that would help families reduce the stress associated with travel."

Passengers are advised to check before travelling to see if the airline they are flying on allows them to be used.

Airlines which allow Plane Pal

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Asia
  • Air Asia Japan
  • Air Europa
  • Air India
  • Air Japan
  • Air Vanuatu
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • Alliance Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Cathay Dragon
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Cebu Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Easy Jet
  • Eva Air
  • Etihad Airways
  • Fin Air
  • FlyBe
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hong Kong Airlines
  • Iberia Airlines
  • Iceland Air
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet2
  • JetBlue
  • Jetstar Pacific
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Latam Airlines
  • Lux Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Malindo Air
  • Norwegian Air
  • Oman Air
  • Peach Aviation
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • Samoa Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airways
  • Scoot
  • Silk Air
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Southwest
  • Swiss Air
  • Thompson Air
  • Vanilla Air
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Australia
  • WestJet

They can also only be used during the flight – not during take off or landing – and can't be used in aisle seats.

Amazon currently have cheaper alternatives available, such as a £12.99 inflatable foot rest pillow, or a £22 blow up cushion with fun child prints and patterns.

Another device which lets you turn your economy seats into a bed has rave reviews from parents.

Called the Skycouch, families can pay to upgrade their seats on Air New Zealand to turn them into a three-seat bed.

Some airlines ban sleeping devices, with British Airways explaining: "Devices not allowed include, but are not restricted to, seat extenders for children, hammocks for lap held infants, inflatable footrests and devices that attach to the seat to restrict movement or for leg support (bed boxes)."

Qantas also have similar rules banning items which go between seats.

Other airlines have launched their own sleeping devices, with Thomas Cook's sleeping seats in economy costing just £200.

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