This Gadget Will Change the Way You Drink on Planes


The Airhook is a drink holder and a mount for electronic devices. (Photo: Airhook)

We’ve all been there— you’re tinkering on your laptop when the flight attendant comes around with the drink service. You’re craving a cool beverage, but there’s absolutely no room to put your tray table down.

Enter Airhook, a revolutionary gadget that will likely change the way you drink on planes.

The patent pending system has two uses. First, it attaches to the seatback in front of you, providing a drink holder and eliminating the need to use the tray table. Secondly, it will hold a variety of electronic devices including your smartphone or ipad for convenient hands-free entertainment.

But wait, there’s more!

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Soon passengers will be able to enjoy a beverage without using their tray table. (Photo: Airhook)

When folded, the Airhook measures just 1.5 inches in height and 3.6 inches wide —making it easy to pack.  It also has an adjustable angle for when the person in front of you reclines their seat.

If you think this sounds like a great idea, you’re not alone. Creator Craig Rabin put the Airhook on Kickstarter hoping to raise $15,000 for manufacturing, but within just 73 hours, the project was fully funded.

With 19 days left to go in the campaign, Airhook has raised more than $28,250. If everything goes as planned, initial backers will receive their Airhooks in Dec. 2015.

So, while airlines insist on making airplane seats smaller, it looks like inventors are getting creative and introducing innovative hacks to maximize your legroom and minimize your sanity.

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