David J. Danto
Principal Consultant, Collaboration/ AV / Multimedia / Video / UC
Director of Emerging Technology
Interactive Multimedia & Collaborative Communications Alliance
The Cheap Seats – In The Bag
A couple of months ago I blogged about my first trip in an aircraft with the new, thin seats. I didn’t find them as uncomfortable as many had stated, but the lack of a functional seat-back-pocket was driving me and a number of frequent travelers crazy. Expensive tablets were on the floor; water bottles were rolling around the cabin; people had no place to keep garbage between the all too infrequent pick-ups; etc. I speculated about a third party solution.
Like any good engineer I assembled a makeshift contraption that I thought would work and have carried it with me ever since. On my flight from Newark to Houston earlier today I finally had the chance to try it all out. It wouldn’t work as I had envisioned, but I did figure out a way to make it work. Houston, we’ve solved the problem.
As you can see in the photo above, I took an inexpensive tote bag and used inexpensive clips to attach it to the arms that hold the tray-table. I needed one clip on the right and two on the left, but this might vary as the size of your bag may vary. The bag I used is clear on one side, so you can see my bottle of Iced-tea, some Chex mix, my Wi-Drive, and a paper bag with my diner. Not as easily seen are my reading glasses, noise-cancelling earbuds and some napkins. There was plenty of room for everything including the garbage I created after I ate my dinner (right back in the paper bag and into this makeshift seat-back-pocket for as long as needed.
I didn’t dare put it on the seat until after take-off, but it was so stable there and so out of the way that I probably could have. When you open the tray table the clips can slide down the arms – which would prevent closing the tray-table, but they slide back up pretty easily.
No great moral of this story, other than to share the tip with my fellow travelers and hope that it helps you as much as it helped me. If you have any suggestions to revise or improve the design please feel free to email them to Joe or I and we’ll share them if warranted.
This article was written by David Danto and contains solely his own, personal opinions. David has over three decades of experience providing problem solving leadership and innovation in media and unified communications technologies for various firms in the corporate, broadcasting and academic worlds including AT&T, Bloomberg LP, FNN, Morgan Stanley, NYU, Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan Chase. He now works with Dimension Data as their Principal Consultant for the collaboration, multimedia, video and AV disciplines. He is also the IMCCA’s Director of Emerging Technology. David can be reached at David.Danto@Dimensiondata.com or DDanto@imcca.org and his full bio and other blogs and articles can be seen at Danto.info. Please reach-out to David if you would like to discuss how he can help your organization solve problems or develop a future-proof collaboration strategy.
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