Just like in the backseat of the family station wagon when you were a kid, there’s no seat in an airplane more dreaded and terrible than the middle one.
The reasons for the middle seat’s inherent injustice are endless. There’s no view. There’s no easy access to the bathroom. And because you’re in a relentless passive-aggressive war for the armrests, there’s definitely no sleeping comfortably – unless your definition of a comfortable sleep involves a stranger’s bony shoulder or certain neck pain.
Until now, that is.
A fancy new travel pillow is aimed at forever solving “the middle seat issue.”
The Dream Sling (currently seeking funding on Kickstarter) is the plane cushion that “takes advantage of the gravitational force of your arms and redirects it to help support your head.”
When attempting to get some middle seat shut-eye, users simply place their heads on the product’s tear-shaped pillow, which is attached to a sling. Their arms pull down the sling, which pulls on a lining that presses down to make the pillow expand and “conform to support your head.”
The pillow’s inventor, Aran Higa, said he came up with the idea for Dream Sling while helping his cousin relocate his auto shop. Tired after a day of moving heavy equipment, he quickly fell asleep after tucking his arms inside a nearby steering wheel cover. He spent the next five years perfecting his own version of the design.
The Dream Sling is said to fit any adult from a size small to an XXXL, as the strap itself is adjustable. You can secure yours with a $49 pledge on Kickstarter. Assuming the project gets full funding by May 1, you’ll get it in the mail by August, and your middle seat nightmares will finally be over.