Nice Flights Airplane Seat Cover
You just know the
airlines seldom clean their seat covers.
So why not bring your own? Here's a simple and
lightweight cover that's easy to fit over almost all coach
sized airline seats.
From the greasy hair stains at
the top, to the spilled food and drink stains at the bottom, and
with plenty of sweat inbetween, an airplane seat cover is far
from a hygienic environment to surround yourself by, sometimes
for many hours at a time.
The Nice Flights Jet Seat Airplane Seat
Cover is a simple and convenient solution.
What you get
The Nice Flights Jet Seat
comes in its own convenient carry pouch, which is affixed to the
side of the cover itself.
This cleverly does double
duty as a carry pouch and also as a pocket complete with zipper
to store things in while sitting on the seat.
The Jet Seat - What it is and
The Jet Seat is made from
97% cotton and with 3% of spandex added. This gives it
some stretch, which makes it much easier to fit the cover to
your airplane seat.
It weighs 6.6 oz, complete
with its integral carry pouch. In the carry pouch, it
measures about 7½" x 7"
and is about half an inch thick, depending on how neatly you've
packed it away.
seat back part measures 33" long by about 19" wide with a fold
over pocket at the top to hold it onto the top of the seat, and
spare extra material on each side to wrap around.
seat cushion measures 22" by 22", and again has spare extra
fabric on the sides, and a fold over to anchor the bottom of it
to the end of the seat cushion.
seems to be more than large enough for all economy seats, even
ones with winglet type bits at the top that fold out to hold
your head while sleeping. And because of its spandex, it
can stretch quite a bit (in the side to side direction rather
than top to bottom direction) to accommodate the seat squishing
in when you sit on it.
it is primarily cotton, it can be washed in your regular washing
machine when you get home after each journey - which is more
than you can say for the airplane seat cover it has been
protecting you from!
Seat comes in two colors (a fairly bright blue and a black) and
one size. It sells for $29.95 through
Pro Travel Gear.
Using the Jet Seat
Let's face it - the last
thing you want to do is make a big performance out of putting
your cover over your seat when boarding the plane, and with a
long line of people behind you all impatiently in a rush to get
to their own seats.
Fortunately, putting the Jet
Seat cover onto your seat is easy and simple. Unzip the
pouch, pull out the seat cover, quickly decide which is the top
and outside (this is easy and obvious, because the pouch remains
at the bottom on the outside, and there's a fold over on the top
inside that goes over the top of the seat's headrest) then place
it on the seat, easily getting the top fold over to fit over the
top of your seat and the bottom foldover to wrap around the edge
of the seat cushion, and you're done.
At the end of the flight, I
generally choose to wait until getting up to remove the Jet
Seat. This means that instead of waiting impatiently in
the aisle until the people ahead finally start to move off the
plane with nothing to do except fiddle hopefully with your cell
phone, you can instead put the time to good use by obsessively
folding your Jet Seat cover into a perfect shape for putting
away in its pouch.
Of course, if you find
yourself with less waiting time, you can simply stuff the Jet
Seat into your carry-on and pack it away later. And
packing it away is not a difficult thing to do. I fold
mine in thirds lengthwise into a long narrow thing no more than
the width of the pouch opening, and then sort of roll it up and
stuff it into the pouch.
Does it work
The Jet Seat doesn't make
any perceptible difference to comfort, of course. And does
it really protect you from the dirt and germs on the seat cover
underneath? Well, it certainly does protect you from the
dirt - a sometimes important thing if you're wearing light
colored clothing, and as for germs, it reduces your exposure to
those, too by the simple act of forming a barrier between you,
your clothes, and the seat cover underneath the Jet Seat.
This protection will be less
effective against 'bed bugs' and other small living creatures
(yuck) but will certainly keep bacteria and viruses - organisms
that can live on a seat cover for a dismayingly long time, and
who knows who has been coughing and sneezing over your seat
cover before you got to sit on it.
This is an interesting
travel hygiene product. Plainly seat covers are not
sanitized or washed after every flight, and if you're keen to
reduce your exposure to dirt, grease, grime, as well as bugs,
you'll find this a simple and convenient way to improve your
seat environment at low cost.
The Nice Flights Jet Seat Airplane
Seat Cover is available from
Pro Travel Gear for $29.95. If you use the discount
code 'travelinsider' (without the quotes) when completing your
order, you'll get a 5% discount off this, and anything else you
purchase from their website too.
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2 Dec 2005, last update
15 Oct 2013
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