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Tablet airplane seat mount

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You probably noticed how uncomfortable it is to watch movies on your tablet during a flight. Placing it on the tiny folding table provides an awkward viewing angle and puts a lot of stress on your neck, which, in my case, leads to headaches.

I recently found an elegant solution - Velcro. The seats on most airlines have a small patch of Velcro "hooks" (that's the rough side of Velcros) used for attaching a small headrest cover. In this Instructable I will show you how to mount your tablet using this small Velcro strip as a base.
 
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Step 1: Materials

Note - I will be using the terms "hooks" and "loops" to describe the two types of Velcro strips. If you are unfamiliar with the terms, please check out the Velcro article on wikipedia.

What you will need:
* 1 meter of Velcro (both sides - hooks and loops) with a sticky back
* scissors
* a tablet
* cheap back cover for the tablet (optional)

Step 2: Preparing the mount

The first part of the mount is the base. The base connects the mount to the seat in front of you and still allows the other passenger to place his/her headrest cover.  To make the base:
* cut a 20cm hooks piece
* cut a 20cm loops piece
* remove the protectors from the sticky back and glue these two pieces together

Now we'll need two long vertical strips. Cut two 30cm (or longer) hooks strips, and attach the tip of these strips to the sides of the base piece. Do not remove the sticky back protectors. I suggest leaving some room on the sides of the mount piece for better grip. If you do it right, you will get something that looks like a PI symbol (Π).

You'll might want to take some extra Velcro with you, for final adjustments. Just make sure you cut everything before you go on the plane - bringing scissors on board is probably a bad idea.
matbh1 year ago
thank you my friend!!! my hands and arms will not hurt anymore! this thing is also useful when u r eating! amazing idea!!!
dboulant1 year ago
seems like you could fish the straps behind the seat mount screen as well, solid mounting point.
OrenLederman (author)  dboulant1 year ago
that's not a bad idea. Does anyone have a flight soon and can check whether it is possible?
I have one in the first week of may, ill post a picture of it.
Nice one !!! I can't wait to try it :-)
thanks !
sharpstick1 year ago
Current (2013)TSA regs say: "metal scissors with pointed tips and blades shorter than 4 inches are allowed, but blades longer than 4 inches are prohibited"
foobear1 year ago
Last time I flew on United they kept turning my screen on and pushed advertisements at me. It was pretty annoying. I like this idea.
dad_a_monk1 year ago
Most airlines don't have the hard rest covers you are talking about in the U.S. I have seen them on some of the cheaper European airlines and as you stated Singapore Air. So it will only work if it has the replaceable head rest cover with velcro. Other big disadvantage is you need the permission of the person in front of you. You are attaching it to their head rest after all.

Perhaps a better way on airlines that have a screen built into the head rest, which is more common than the velcro, would be a suction cup mount to attach it to the screen in the rest. It would give the same viewing placement but would not affect the person in front, and could easily be removed and attached when you wish to view the built in screen. Not to mention elimination of that horrible velcro sound each time you remove it.