I can’t sleep on planes. I’ve tried sleeping with my head against the seat in front, sprawled out on my tray table, leaning on the passenger beside me… but unless the sleep gods are smiling on me that day, it doesn’t happen. I can never seem to find that perfect position that lets me get more than an hour of intermittent shuteye.
It would seem the engineers at Boeing feel my pain, and that of countless travellers, and have been thinking of ways to make sleeping on a plane a little bit easier.
Enter the upright sleep support system.
Boeing recently issued a patent for a Transport Vehicle Upright Sleep Support System”, which has the lofty goal of solving our sleeping issues for good. Could it be the answer to our mile high problem?
Looking a bit like a backpack strapped to the back of your seat, it is designed to let passengers lean forward and rest their face and chest on it. It doesn’t look that comfortable, but after the sleepless flights I’ve had I’m willing to try anything.
The patent reveals the sleep support will have a “face relief aperture” for you to poke your eyes, nose, mouth and chin through, meaning you’ll still be able to breath normally while you sleep. Its as yet unknown if there’s a drool catcher attachment.
Boeing claims that the new system would be a better alternative to the neck pillow that people currently use.
Take a look at this Youtube video for a proper explanation:
Personally I think it looks a little ridiculous, and would be interesting to see in a tight fit economy class, but if it’s the answer then I’m willing to give it a go.
Only time will tell if this device comes to fruition. If it’s not careful, it could end up on the scrap heap with the ostrich pillow and the upright sleeper neck brace.
Would you use the upright sleeper?