The device is called Cardiff Wings. As the name implies, a wing-like platform extends from the headrest of a car seat – and soon, airplane seats – to give the passenger’s head somewhere to rest, making it easier to get to sleep and stay asleep.
Although I have no problem falling asleep on planes, I do not use those U-shaped neck pillows that have been around for several years, so my slumber lasts only as long as it takes for my head to slump forward and wake me up. San Diego-based Cardiff Products, the makers of Cardiff Wings, says that although their device positions a padded rest next to the passenger’s head and not under the chin, the head then has somewhere to call home.
|Passenger using Cardiff Wings|
An automobile version has been on the market for the last three years, so the product has been proven to a degree. And yet, planes are not automobiles, nor do the same rules apply.
You may recall the issue that arose two years ago with the Knee Defender, a device that keeps a passenger’s seat from reclining into the space behind it. Among the reasons the airlines cited for banning the device were safety concerns associated with attaching anything to an airline seat that wasn’t designed by the manufacturer. But the makers of Cardiff Wings say they have already addressed that issue with aviation authorities.
“We’ve met with the FAA,” their rep confirmed. “The product cannot be used during takeoff, taxi, or landing, but other than we have the green light.” At least from the FAA; individual airlines still have the authority the prohibit the use of certain devices even when the FAA does not, as with the Knee Defender
The device carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$54.95. However, the manufacturers have launched a Kickstarter campaign and discounts are available to backers who make financial pledges to support the product’s development. The headrest's fabric sleeves come in three colors: black, a gray melange or camouflage.
Cardiff Wings are expected to be available in December.
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