Beds for economy class passengers

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As a fairly regular long haul passenger, I suffer from a “dead backside,” that numbness that affects you from napping (you can’t really call it sleeping) in an upright position.

a simple solution and one which many of us have used if we were lucky enough to have empty, adjacent seats

As seats seem to get smaller and leg distancefrom the seat in front of you gets narrower, finding a comfortable position to doze whilst travelling in economy class seems to be more difficult. Gone are the days when you could lay on the floor by the exit doors and snooze. Health and safety rules have put an end to that.

Of course if you splurge the budget and fly in business or first class you get a flat or flatish bed these days. But most of us still travel in economy and what do we get?

Thomas Cook Airlines have come up with answer for economy class passengers. From May 13th they will have “sleeper seats” on long-haul flights. A “sleeper seat” is defined as a roll-out mattress, fitted sheet and pillow which are placed on top of a row of three seats, turning them into a narrow bed. Thomas Cook says that the beds are suitable for passengers up to 5’11” tall and over the age of 12. It might be like a bunk or camp bed but it is better than the alternative.

Obviously the airline cannot have that many seats available to convert into beds otherwise it would be cost prohibitive. In fact they have just four per flight and for each of them you will have to pay an additional £200 on top of the normal economy ticket price.

Booking is already open for these “sleeper seats” and you will find them listed on Thomas Cook Airlines’ website under ancillaries.

Now that Thomas Cook has dipped its toes in the water how long will it be before TUI, Jet 2 and Norwegian introduce flat beds on their long-haul flights.

Will more traditional airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic consider the possibility of economy class flat beds?

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