Do all airlines and cabin crew allow you to use the Fly LegsUp?

As there are hundreds of airlines around the world, we had to find a way to comply with worlds best practice for airline safety and compliance.

Most airlines and cabin crew are more than happy for you and/or your child to use the Flight Hammock and be comfortable. The hammock is such a NEW concept and on some occasions, you may be questioned by a cabin crew member. If you were to be questioned, please let them know the following:

The Fly LegsUp has been comprehensively tested by a CASA authorised aviation engineer.

The aviation engineer report is downloadable here. The aviation engineer report concludes: “The Fly LegsUp flight hammock poses NO STRUCTURAL RISK to the seat structure, metal table assembly, metal tray table arms (with table stowed or deployed) or the seat occupied by the passenger. As a carry-on comfort aid, the hammock poses NO RISK to cabin flammability, egress or cabin safety if its permitted use is as per standard cabin practices and REMOVED from the seat for taxi, take-off and landing” – Jason Hazell (ARN 765973).

– It was reviewed by CASA and they class it as a “carry on comfort aid” just like a neck pillow. A personal device designed to make economy more comfortable.

– It complies with FAA/GCAA/EASA/CASA safety regulations.

– The hammock does not disturb the person in front or other passengers (some of our customers refer to this topic in their testimonials).

– The hammock does not damage the tray table (as per aviation engineer report).

– Children tend to lie across parents laps and it can be impossible to continue to wear a seatbelt, but with the hammock they can continue to wear a seatbelt.

– It is only used during the cruise portion of the flight and will be stowed away for taxi, take-off and landing.

Just remember that the hammock is NOT to be used during taxi, take-off and landing – If you were still asked to remove your Fly LegsUp by a cabin crew member, it would not be valid or correct that it was because of safety or egress.

You are welcome to contact us on info@sleepytot.co.nz if you have any further questions in relation to this. Please note we do not refund or issue credits on this product.

What if there is an emergency on the plane?

If an emergency is declared, the hammock must not be used. The hammock can be removed in seconds and packed away either under the seat in front of you or in the overhead locker. Alternatively it can be tucked into the magazine pocket or you can roll the tail into the bag like area of the hammock and people can easily walk past it. The pillows must be deflated and due to their valve they deflate very quickly.

Who can use the Fly LegsUp?

The Fly LegsUp for Kids is designed to help children sleep and play on long haul economy flights. Infants to approximately 9 years of age can use the Fly LegsUp for Kids. Children using their hammock should be supervised by an adult at all times and continue to wear a seatbelt during the flight.

Fly LegsUp for Adults aims to optimise comfort and sleep whilst flying in economy. The Fly LegsUp may be beneficial for people who suffer from back pain, lower limb swelling and may also help reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVTs), click here for more details. To use the hammock you do require a certain level of flexibilty to elevate your legs into the hammock.

To see how the Flight Hammock has helped our customers, take a look at our customer testimonials.

What is the difference between the Fly LegsUp for Kids and the Fly LegsUp for Adults?

The hammocks are exactly the same. The only difference is that the Kids pack comes with an additional  ‘Large’ pillow to create a flat platform/bed for children to sleep and play on. The platform level can be adapted by adding or removing pillows depending on the child’s age and the position that they want to be in.

The Fly LegsUp for Adults pack includes one Large and one Small inflatable pillow and the Fly LegsUp for Kids pack includes two Large and one small inflatable pillow.

Does it matter where I sit on the plane?

The Fly LegsUp Flight Hammock is designed for economy. You will need a seat in front of you, as the Flight Hammock attaches to the arms of the drop down tray table. It cannot be used in bulkhead seats or areas without a seat in front of you. To make sure you have a seat in front of you, head to SeatGuru.

Will it annoy the passenger in front?

When we were developing the hammock it was very important that it not disturb or annoy other passengers. Due to the way airline seats are engineered and where the hammock attaches, movement in the hammock is not felt by the passenger sitting in front. This topic is mentioned by some customers in their testimonials.

Will the hammock damage the tray table?

The Fly LegsUp Flight Hammock has been comprehensively tested by an accredited aeronautical engineer and will not damage the airline tray table. The tables are designed to be very strong.

The aviation engineer report concludes: “The Fly LegsUp flight hammock poses NO STRUCTURAL RISK to the seat structure, metal table assembly, metal tray table arms (with table stowed or deployed) or the seat occupied by the passenger. As a carry on comfort aid, the hammock poses NO RISK to cabin flammability, egress or cabin safety if its permitted use is as per standard cabin practices and REMOVED from the seat for taxi, take-off and landing” – Jason Hazell (ARN 765973). Download the full aviation engineering report here.

What happens when the seat in front reclines?

Generally when the person in front reclines their seat, it means you will need to compensate by reclining yours. Airline seats around the world do vary, however we have not found there was any undue impact on using the hammock when the person in front reclines. See our video on What happens when the seat in front reclines?

What if the person next to me wants to get past?

If someone wants to get past your Fly LegsUp, take the Large pillow out leaving the Small one in the bag like area, tuck the tail into the hammock and it will swing out of the way when someone passes. See our video on How to get past a Fly LegsUp.

Trouble Shooting - The hammock is slipping down the arms of the tray table.

Some airlines have tray arms with a very steep angle and the straps will slide down. To compensate you can attach the straps to the horizontal bar that runs parallel behind the tray table as shown below. You may need to pull the tray towards you to expose the bar.

Trouble Shooting - The tray table keeps falling down

In this case you may have a faulty catch or some airlines have a system as shown below that may not take the weight of adult legs with the tray table closed. You can use the hammock (albeit with less variety), with the table down in these circumstances. These catches will generally take the weight of small children, so that they can use the hammock as normal

Trouble Shooting - It’s difficult to attach the Fly LegsUp to the tray table

Attach your hammock to the tray table as soon as you reach cruising height, as it is much easier to attach BEFORE the person in front reclines their seat. Alternatively you can attach it before takeoff and tuck it away into the magazine pouch for takeoff and then inflate the pillows when you want to use the hammock.