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Have you ever been on a flight and just as you kick off your shoes for a little relaxation, the person in front of you decides to recline their chair, meaning the little room you had to begin with just got significantly tighter?
If you're anything like us, you'll usually follow this with an under-the-breath comment, and it's almost certainly not polite. But you know you're not really in a position to say anything because we're all entitled to recline our seats. It's just that we're not all the children of Satan.
Well, now travel agency Thomas Cook has a handy little alternative for passengers who want to snooze their way through their flights (without pissing off their counterparts, that is). This is a win-win situation we've got on our hands here, if you ask me.
As of today, you can officially book yourself a 'Sleeper Seat' which will transform a row of three seats into a bed using a special mattress - meaning you get your own bed in the sky and can arrive on holiday (or return home) feeling refreshed and ready to go.
But could you really sleep, knowing the travellers around you are burning holes into your soul? Of course you could. Like a baby, probably.
Picture the scene; you're on board a long-haul flight when the doors close for take-off and the seats next to you are completely empty - a whole row to yourself. Well, that's because you've booked Sleeper Seat and that row is now all yours. Don't worry, you weren't expected to put your feet up on someone's lap - or even worse, your head in someone's crotch.
Sleeper Seat is a comfy mattress that sits across a row of three seats tucked away at the back of the aircraft (nope, no lugging it around the airport thankfully). It's cleverly crafted into your own space to stretch out and relax. You can use your Sleeper Seat how you wish - to sleep, read, watch a film, listen to a podcast or simply sit back, rest and stretch out. Or you could just sit there and side-eye jealous onlookers.
But, as with every luxury in life, you will have to pay for Sleeper Seat. They are available for adults and children aged 12 years and over. They are available for selected long-haul flights from 13 May 2019 and prices start from £200 ($260) one-way. For more information, visit the website.
Henry Sunley, Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines says: "We always look for ways to innovate for our customers and Sleeper Seat is a UK first that we are really proud of. It is a fantastic way to transform your flying experience and enjoy some extra comfort when flying in Economy."
Book Sleeper Seat and you will take-off as normal before our cabin crew transforms your row of seats and assembles the Sleeper Seat mattress with a fitted sheet, head rest, pillow, blanket and amenity kit. Sleeper Seat customers can enjoy James Martin meals (only served when the customer is sat upright) and in-flight entertainment, just as you would with a regular Economy seat.
Henry Sunley adds: "It's flexible too, as while only one person can use Sleeper Seat at a time, you can swap with other people in your group during the flight... but it's entirely up to you if you want to share!"
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