An inflatable pillow to make flying in coach tolerable


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/27/an-inflatable-pillow-to-make-f.html


#2

That looks like it would fit very nicely inside my leggings.


#4

Obligatory Spinal Tap clip.


#5

Don’t wrap it in foil, though.


#6

Again, somebody gets it in first. Damn.


#7

Okay, I didn’t want to throw this in, but I owe a post that can’t be duplicated. True story:

Our aircraft design class was allowed to enter, study, and measure the cabin of a 747. (Discovered several nooks and crannies denied to the clueless passengers.) At that time, there were lots of free goodies provided to 1st class passengers, such as cotton sock-slippers, two of which I grabbed, and then *stuffed down my pants (*for some forgotten reason). Walking back through the terminal at the end of the day, the slippers started traveling down my pants (making a stop at my crotch along the way), and finally ending up on the floor. A very nice (and very, very prim) gal in our group, walking some distance behind me, came running up to me with slippers in hand and a smile on her face. I didn’t bring up the crotch stop.


#8

I use a thermarest lumbar pillow for the same reason.


#9

The important thing is to try not to think about how nasty these things might get inside after being repeatedly inflated.

You’d think there’d be a nice, sanitary, portable mechanical doodad for these things by now.


#10

What about closed-cell foam, the kind that expands when exposed to air? It’s not getting human-breath-air, so is that good enough or does it still get moldy, etc.?


#11

The thermarest one is self inflating. You don’t blow into it.


#12

I’ll order one and try it out. I don’t really think it matters what has occured in it, as I do not use the bladder as a spare air device when scuba diving, or attempt to re-inhale the air.


#13

I sit with mine every day but I have a lumbar disc injury.


#14

I can’t recall the brand, but there is one pillow that has a sort of hemispherical ‘button’ that you continually press to inflate the pillow. Takes a bit longer to inflate than lung power, though.


#15

Me too. L3-L4 to L5S1.


#16

I had a 12-14 mm herniation of L5S1. I had minimally invasive surgery (and it really is minimally invasive as I only have a tiny cut and scar) on it after two years (two years ago this last month), which resolved about 90% of my sciatica but I can’t sit in any chairs for any period of time more than 20 minutes or so without a support cushion for it.

I did it doing relatively mild (230 lb) squats as I was a power lifter for three years. I still work out at the gym 3 days a week but no free weights anymore. I do 20+ minutes of pilates every day for it too.


#17

I just want the dipshit in front of me to not lean his seat back.


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#20

Unfortunately this won’t do much for me to make coach tolerable. It’s just abject misery every time I fly coach and a fancy neck pillow won’t solve it. Even if I did lose like 50 lbs, I can’t do much about my knees being jammed right into the back of the seat in front of me.


#21

I just roll up an item of clothing and shove that behind me, seems to work.