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Whether it’s business trips or summer holidays, there’s a lot of air travel to be done. You might be lucky enough to be sitting up the front but chances are that you’re flying economy just like the rest of us. The cabin crew are not going to be falling over themselves to make your journey a delight and your in-flight entertainment system - should you be fortunate enough to have one - just isn’t going to cut it in the modern era. Yes, gadgets for the aeroplane is what you need to get you from A to B with the only Zzzzz the stuff that you get when you close your eyes for a sleep.So, if you’d rather not spend 12 hours staring at your tray table or suffering the small talk of the person next to you, it’s time to get yourself sorted with the very best tech for air travel. Whether it’s reading, watching films or listening to music; we’ve got you covered, and lots more besides.Please click on the image above to view the rest of the storyOn Bing: more on the best travel gadgets

Best gadgets for the planeHow to fly in styleHow to fly in styleDan Sung2013-08-01T07:45:002013-08-01T07:45:00 trueBest travel gadgetsWhether it’s business trips or summer holidays, there’s a lot of air travel to be done. You might be lucky enough to be sitting up the front but chances are that you’re flying economy just like the rest of us. The cabin crew are not going to be falling over themselves to make your journey a delight and your in-flight entertainment system - should you be fortunate enough to have one - just isn’t going to cut it in the modern era. Yes, gadgets for the aeroplane is what you need to get you from A to B with the only Zzzzz the stuff that you get when you close your eyes for a sleep.So, if you’d rather not spend 12 hours staring at your tray table or suffering the small talk of the person next to you, it’s time to get yourself sorted with the very best tech for air travel. 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All hail the 3in1 suitcase scooter from Micro Scooter. It’s a kickboard, trolley and suitcase in one that’s small enough to bring to your seat as hand luggage but large enough to house all your gadgetry and a change of clothes.Granted, there’s a chance you’ll feel like a bit of a 90s business plonker as you glide along the halls with you tie flapping in the breeze but, remember, self-consciousness is for the weak and style is nothing if not dedication to your own individuality.On Bing: more on Micro Scooter SuitcasetopMicro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Micro 3in1 suitcase scooter - 2(©Micro)Cocoon Grid-ItSo, scooter attachment aside, the Micro 3in1 isn’t the most specced up piece of luggage, but that’s ok, because it’s the very job of the Cocoon Grid-It to upgrade any item of carry-on. The Grid It is the ultimate gadget organisation system.One side is a series of elasticated material loops which hold in devices, units, hardware and gadgetry of all shapes and sizes. The other face is an aluminium-backed, rubberised layer of protection. Simply tuck all your tech into the right compartments and then slide the Grid It into your bag.Nice and easy to pop into the seat pocket in front of you or whip out at security, and, when you pack it all away again, it becomes very obvious if you’ve left a gizmo behind.On Bing: more on Cocoon Grid-IttopCocoon Grid-It - 3Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)Cocoon Grid-It - 3(©Cocoon)TabletA tablet is your absolutely single most important gadget to take on a plane. The resolution of those tired old in-flight screens is incredibly poor, and if you’re flying no-frills, then you don’t even get that. So, a screen of your very own is an absolute essential for all your movie-watching, game-playing and music-listening needs.It doesn’t particularly matter which you go for. We’d opt for an iPad, a Nexus 7 or one of the top end Samsung Galaxy tablets. All you need to remember to do is to stack it up full of content a few days before you fly. On Bing: more on best tabletstopTablet - 4Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Tablet - 4(©Apple)Arctic Flight standThe Arctic Flight stand is not an easy gadget to get hold of. It’s making a slow start to existence after a failed attempt at getting funding through Kickstarter. Nonetheless, you can keep your Belkins and Griffins on this one, the Arctic Flight is the very best iPad stand for air travel.The main part of the device is an aluminium plate which you slip between the tray table, in the stowed position, and the seat in front of you. The screen of your slate is then at the perfect height and distance away for you to enjoy Big Trouble in Little China or whatever movie it is that you’ve chosen to watch to pass the time.Naturally, it also doubles as a normal stand too. On Bing: more on Arctic Flight iPad standtopArctic Flight stand - 5Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)Arctic Flight stand - 5(©Arctic Flight)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphonesAnyone who’s ever forgotten to take headphones onto an aeroplane will tell you that, even at full volume, it’s just not possible to hear the sound through an external tablet speaker over the dull hum in the cabin. Trust us, we made this mistake the other day.Now, if you’re going to get headphones specifically for travel, then you’ve got to chose some which are either noise-isolating or noise-cancelling. If you like in-ear, then go isolating; if you prefer on-ear, then it’s cancelling.For our ultimate selection, we’ve chosen the PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones and here’s why. First of all, they’re comfortable, light weight and they fold up; so that’s perfect given you’ll be wearing them for hours and that you’ll need to pack them into a small space. And, on the sound-side; well, they sound great and will even work in non-noise-cancelling mode should you run out of batteries.On Bing: more on PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphonestopPSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)PSB M4U 2 noise-cancelling headphones - 6(©PSB)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones SplitterThere’s a very good chance that your travelling companion(s) are not as prepared as you are. They’ve probably not taken the time to digest this best gadgets for the plane article. Why didn’t you tweet it to them?Anyway, the point is that you may as well include them on your music-listening or movie-watching action by bringing along the Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter. It allows up to five buddies to tune into your content at the same time as you.There are some even cheaper splitters out there made just for two but, for an extra fiver, you might want to go Rockstar to stay on the safe side.On Bing: more on Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones SplittertopBelkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)Belkin Rockstar Multi-Headphones Splitter - 7(©Amazon)eBook ReaderYou don’t strictly need an eReader. Most of the major companies that sell eBooks also have apps for iOS and Android meaning that you can just use your tablet or phone to read instead. That said, an actual dedicated device is a bit nicer to use. They’re lighter, they’re not quite so harsh on your eyes and it saves you running down precious battery on your main gadget of entertainment.Of all the eBook Readers, we’ve gone for the very basic Amazon Kindle. Why? Because it’s cheap, it’s simple and there’s lots of books to choose from. Yes, you are stuck with buying from the Amazon store and, yes, that may not go down well with some people but for most folk, it’s going to be the one to go for.On Bing: more on the best eBook readerstopeBook Reader - 8eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)eBook Reader - 8(©Amazon)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DSAgain, much as with an eBook reader, a dedicated handheld gaming device isn’t an absolute must given that there will be plenty of games available on your tablet of choice. If, however, you are serious about your gaming, or you’ve just had it up to your neck in in-app payments, then it’s well worth picking up either a PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS.We’re not going to say that one is better than the other. There’s superb games to be played on both of them using proper thumb control sticks. So, ultimately, it’s just a case of whether you’re a PlayStation or Nintendo person. You know which you are already.On Bing: more on the best handheld gamestopPS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS - 9(©Sony Nintendo)Emergency battery supplySo, that’s all your in-flight entertainment needs well and truly sewn up. The only thing that can scupper your well-laid plans is running out of juice to power your tablet, Kindle and Vita - or whatever other bits of bobs of gagetry that you’re counting on.Fear not, an emergency battery supply will make sure you get from Tokyo to Totnes without the lights going out. Again, there’s buckets of portable power specialists to choose from but we rather like the Anker Astro3E. It’s a 10,000mAh external battery unit that’s capable of recharging your iPhone four times over or a tablet just the once.It’s about the size of a big smartphone and comes with two charging ports and plenty of useful adapters in the box.On Bing: more on Anker Astro3E external battery packtopEmergency battery supply - 10Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Emergency battery supply - 10(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating ToothbrushAfter a long haul flight with several servings of plane food and probably not as many liquids as you should, your breath’s going to get a little funky and your teeth all furred up. Yummy.If you’re lucky, you might have been given a totally poxy travel toothbrush inside some flight pack. Instead, laugh, and dribble a bit, in the face of other passengers as your scrub your tusks with the ultimate in travel dental care - the Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush.Sure, it does 16,000 brush strokes per minute and is very quiet at just 37dB, but what we like about this little baby is that it’s just 16cm long and runs on a single AAA battery; perfect to use wherever you are, even if that’s 33,000ft in the air.On Bing: more on Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating ToothbrushtopPanasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Panasonic Compact Sonic Vibrating Toothbrush - 11(©Amazon)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShaveThe Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave. If that’s not the name of an electric razor just screaming to be used on an aeroplane, then we don’t know what is.At 13cm long and 177g in mass, it’s around the size of a very small compact camera and, like the Panasonic toothbrush just before, you only need batteries to run it. It’s 2 x AA batteries in this case which you can probably even pick up from the duty free trolley if you run out.Pride of place is the SmartFoil at the head, designed to pluck every last hair from your chin, but we rather like that you can just run it under the tap to clean it when you’re done. Between this and the toothbrush, you’re almost ready to head out the minute you step off the plane. Almost...On Bing: more on Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShavetopBraun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Braun PocketGo M90 MobileShave - 12(©Braun)Shirt Shuttle MKIIThe final piece of onboard tech for the cabin to have you sashaying through immigration as fresh as a daisy is the Shirt Shuttle MKII.It’s all very well and good ironing and pressing yourself a shirt to put on at the other end but, after 13 hours in the air, taxis to and from the airport and getting tossed about in the overhead lockers, your starch-collared Van Heusen will look much like it did when it came out of the laundry basket.The Shirt Shuttle MKII acts like that piece of cardboard that your shirt comes wrapped around when you first take it out of its packet. In this case, however, that card is in fact a lightweight, waterproof, high-strength carry case that you can then pop into your bag to keep safe until you need it. No businessman should be without one.On Bing: more on Shirt Shuttle MKIItopShirt Shuttle MKII - 13Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)Shirt Shuttle MKII - 13(©Firebox)J-PillowLast, but by no means least, on our list of essential gadgets for the plane, comes your very best chance of getting some shut-eye. Unless you’re flying in style, your seat isn’t going to recline enough to become anything close to a bed and you’ll be lucky if you can find a position that will work for even the most modest of kips.The J-Pillow is here to answer that problem and is a very intriguing twist on those travel pillows that you wear around your neck. It supports your head, your neck and your chin at the same time and stops you from falling forward or too much to the side.Naturally, it looks totally absurd - as most of these things do - but that’s probably what you’d expect of something named Invention of the Year in 2012/13. We like our crackpot designs.There are seven positions to choose from. Head over to the site to see which one suits you. Oh, and have nice flight.On Bing: more on J-PillowtopJ-Pillow - 14J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)J-Pillow - 14(©J-Pillow)

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