Helpful Air Travel Gadgets

Make the skies a little friendlier.

Eli Blueby Eli Blue

Looking to grab an overpriced item to take on your next airplane trip? No strange contraption inflatable pillows or airline supplied headphones here! With a $500 budget, here are three items that will make your next trip the quietest and most comfortable ever.


Bose QuietComfort 3 – These $350 noise cancellation headphones are lighting up audiophiles' rankings. These third generation headphones eliminate background noise with outside ear cuff microphones to pick up background noise and shut it out. The QuietComfort3 also has award-winning ergonomics with its lightweight design.


Knee Defender – Reclining seats pressing hard against your knees for 6 hours is a flight nightmare. The Knee Defender provides protection in the form of two pocket-sized clasps that are attached to the front handle of your food tray to prevent the seat in front of you from reclining. At the cost of an exit row upgrade ($17.95), it is a great purchase. Let's hope the person in front blames his lack of comfort on a faulty seat!


Mophie Juice Pack air – Juice Pack air is a rechargeable external battery that attaches to your iPhone 4 to give it 100% more battery life. Its Smart Battery technology instructs the iPhone to consume Juice Pack power before the device's power when attached. Plus, it comes with an LED status indicator that lets you know how much charge is left. Never go without power again.