Cheapflights.co.za presents the ways to contort yourself to ensure some sky-high slumber!
The Hoggy Styles’ signature moves include claiming not one but two armrests as their own, reclining their seat as far back as it will go, propping their bare feet up on the seat in front of them, and topping off their neighbourly activities with a little light snoring.
Even if they didn’t start off quite so sloppy, a quick catnap in a cramped economy seat can turn even the best Straight Jacket sleeper (see below) into an annoying Hoggy Styler, forcing passengers on every side to silently pray. Simply put, they’re a mess in the in-flight sack.
The Fetal Position
The petite get lucky when it comes to conking out at 38,000 feet. Supple enough to comfortably curl up – legs and all – even in cramped economy-class conditions; the Fetal Position is for the unusually limber.
Propped in a window seat, tucked into a tiny ball up against the cabin wall, for Fetal Positioners the flying land-of-challenging-snoozing is no tease. Weaving out of the way of protruding elbows over seat rests or alien personal-space invaders, they hit their peak curled in up in their seats.
Little spoon, big spoon, whatever size utensil you fancy yourself, this one’s for the lovers.
Flip that armrest up and back – after all, no obstacle shall keep you from holding tight to your beloved while catching some Z’s. With heads resting on shoulders, shared blankets and pillows, these adventurous amores take their siestas in the skies locked at the lips, hips or fingertips. Though it’s an already-tight squeeze in those aeroplane seats, consider yourself a Spooner if you tingle while tangled.
Hit the Tr-hay
When these jetsetters want to hit the hay, they hit the (table) tray. Where fellow passengers see nothing more than a surface for balancing food and laptops, Hit the Tr-hays see glorious plastic pillows.
These resourceful resters march aboard their flight, flip down that tray table and voila: the perfect place to rest their weary heads. While unconventional slumbering conditions require a little creativity, Hit the Tr-hays are just inventive enough to bring it.
The Straight Jacket
Arms crossed, knees bent, feet on the floor: This is the ultimate upright and locked position. Straight Jackets are those oh-so-fortunate flyers who can nod off sitting straight up – sometimes before the plane even takes off! These adept dozers may seem superhuman perched on their economy-class thrones wearing a naptime look that says: ‘Reclined seats and neck pillows are for the weak.’ A Straight Jacket can be hard to spot as they aren’t spending all their in-flight time trying to contort themselves into some semblance of comfort, but you’ll catch them looking rested and refreshed as they emerge from their rest having counted sheep while the rest of us were counting down the hours.
The Reverse Passenger
Once the seatbelt light dims, the reverse passenger gets up, turns around, kneels on the ground, and uses their seat cushion as a makeshift pillow. Devious and adventurous, these drowsy flyers don’t play by the typical mile-high shuteye rules. Reverse Passengers are prepared for plenty of reactions to their unorthodox snoozing position, including skeptical looks from fellow passengers and flight attendants requesting they buckle up – but a wild ride sans seatbelt seems well worth the risk for these thrill seekers if it means resting their weary heads!