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  • meandthekids 67 posts

    Very random question but has anyone taken the inflatable foot rests on to a BA plane? The website suggests they aren’t allowed but we have 10/11 hour direct flights in economy and the kids could really use them if it was ok to do so! Website Suggests no but on the ground experiences may be very different…

    BA Flyer IHG Stayer 2,194 posts

    The website says

    “Not permitted for use onboard”

    That’s a hard no and not a “suggestion”

    https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/family-travel/seating

    zapato1060 717 posts

    I would go ahead and take them on board. The worst is they could tell you to deflate and you apologising.

    marshy11 247 posts

    I would go ahead and take them on board. The worst is they could tell you to deflate and you apologising.

    I never understand this reasoning. It specifically says they are not allowed. There is no grey area, it’s very clear. Why anyone would do this knowing they are prohibited is beyond me.

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Have used them in premium economy on both BA and VS without any comment and without being aware of what appears a senseless rule

    NorthernLass 8,065 posts

    I assume it’s because they might cause an obstruction, though PE seats have their own footrests which would presumably have the same effect?

    However, a backpack which is definitely permitted and is allowed to be stored under the seat in front works just as well, IME.

    *Obviously have some soft clothing or other material in the back pack, and take care not to squash anything delicate!

    dougzz99 623 posts

    I would go ahead and take them on board. The worst is they could tell you to deflate and you apologising.

    I never understand this reasoning. It specifically says they are not allowed. There is no grey area, it’s very clear. Why anyone would do this knowing they are prohibited is beyond me.

    There was a thread on FT about this, and several BA staff commented a definite no no.

    FatherOfFour 279 posts

    Permitted on other airlines, including SQ, but there is quite a list of requirements: BA have obviously decided that it’s too much hassle for their passengers to comply, or for their staff to ensure that passengers comply OR they have a different risk assessment to SQ.

    (From SQ website, which also includes diagrams)
    You must also meet the following requirements:
    Your child must be able to fasten the seatbelt under his or her arm when using the inflight bed.
    If your child is under two years of age, he or she must be removed from the convertible inflight bed and secured with an infant seatbelt whenever the seatbelt sign is switched on.
    Convertible inflight beds must be packed and securely stowed in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front during taxi, take-off and landing.
    Convertible inflight beds cannot be used at the emergency exit rows.
    Convertible inflight beds must not interfere with or prevent the seat in front from reclining.
    Convertible inflight beds must not damage the aircraft seat if they need to be attached to any part of the seat.
    Convertible inflight beds should not exceed a total dimension of 115cm (when the length, width and height of the fully deployed bed is combined), and will be counted as part of your cabin baggage allowance.
    Convertible inflight beds cannot be combined so as to allow two or more convertible inflight beds to occupy several seats.

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Permitted on other airlines, including SQ, but there is quite a list of requirements: BA have obviously decided that it’s too much hassle for their passengers to comply, or for their staff to ensure that passengers comply OR they have a different risk assessment to SQ.

    (From SQ website, which also includes diagrams)
    You must also meet the following requirements:
    Your child must be able to fasten the seatbelt under his or her arm when using the inflight bed.
    If your child is under two years of age, he or she must be removed from the convertible inflight bed and secured with an infant seatbelt whenever the seatbelt sign is switched on.
    Convertible inflight beds must be packed and securely stowed in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front during taxi, take-off and landing.
    Convertible inflight beds cannot be used at the emergency exit rows.
    Convertible inflight beds must not interfere with or prevent the seat in front from reclining.
    Convertible inflight beds must not damage the aircraft seat if they need to be attached to any part of the seat.
    Convertible inflight beds should not exceed a total dimension of 115cm (when the length, width and height of the fully deployed bed is combined), and will be counted as part of your cabin baggage allowance.
    Convertible inflight beds cannot be combined so as to allow two or more convertible inflight beds to occupy several seats.

    Beds? who suggested a blow up bed? tho’ not a bad idea!

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    I would go ahead and take them on board. The worst is they could tell you to deflate and you apologising.

    I never understand this reasoning. It specifically says they are not allowed. There is no grey area, it’s very clear. Why anyone would do this knowing they are prohibited is beyond me.

    There was a thread on FT about this, and several BA staff commented a definite no no.

    many peeps are strongly advised to keep limbs raised for medical reasons so if this is the case I’d just do it

    FatherOfFour 279 posts

    Assumed they were one and the same. Essentially it’s an inflatable cube that fills the floor space in front. You can only have them in window, or middle-middle seats as they would block exit from the row.

    meandthekids 67 posts

    Thanks everyone. We don’t really want to do anything against the rules but just wanted some comfort for the kids. I know it said no on the website, but if every reply said that nobody on BA actually cared and everyone is doing it without problems, I could have chanced it. Want to start off our Maldives trip in a not so uncomfortable way! The flights are £7.5k (in economy) for us all so £750 plus points gives me cheap frills! 🙂

    Colin MacKinnon 297 posts

    As an aside: I seem to remember someone saying they took an inflatable mattress once to make their CW seat more comfortable.

    Can anyone rember – I have 23.5 hours in CW on the way to Australia!

    Lady London 2,130 posts

    I have that thing Colin. It’s called something like the First Class Sleeper, I got it in the US, but it stopped being made. Absolutely brilliant contoured inflatable seat mattress for Y/Y+, covers entire seat from headrest to front of seat. Think it was $110 a while back. Worked best for me half inflated and fell asleep in it immediately during takeoff on SQ from SIN in a middle seat of a row of 3 strangers in Y, and woke up on landing 9 hours later.

    If he’s still going thetravelinsider dot info was good at this sort of stuff, gadgets and luggage.

    Found a cheap inflatable footrest from Samsonite a fee times – I keep losing them – about 9in high 12x10in, used them in window seat longhaul overnight in Y really made a difference.

    Lady London 2,130 posts

    I have that thing Colin. It’s called something like the First Class Sleeper, I got it in the US, but it stopped being made. Absolutely brilliant contoured inflatable seat mattress for Y/Y+, covers entire seat from headrest to front of seat. Think it was $110 a while back. Worked best for me half inflated and fell asleep in it immediately during takeoff on SQ from SIN in a middle seat of a row of 3 strangers in Y, and woke up on landing 9 hours later.

    If he’s still going thetravelinsider dot info was good at this sort of stuff, gadgets and luggage.

    Found a cheap inflatable footrest from Samsonite a few times – I keep losing them – about 9in high 12x10in, used them in window seat longhaul overnight in Y really made a difference.

    Lady London 2,130 posts

    **a post about possible mattress for J seat lost here – WordPress decided to log me out just after I submitted it – sorry can’t type it again**

    zapato1060 717 posts

    I have that thing Colin. It’s called something like the First Class Sleeper, I got it in the US, but it stopped being made. Absolutely brilliant contoured inflatable seat mattress for Y/Y+, covers entire seat from headrest to front of seat. Think it was $110 a while back. Worked best for me half inflated and fell asleep in it immediately during takeoff on SQ from SIN in a middle seat of a row of 3 strangers in Y, and woke up on landing 9 hours later.

    If he’s still going thetravelinsider dot info was good at this sort of stuff, gadgets and luggage.

    Found a cheap inflatable footrest from Samsonite a fee times – I keep losing them – about 9in high 12x10in, used them in window seat longhaul overnight in Y really made a difference.

    Wow LL it sounds brilliant. I was searching online and wonder why it was stopped? Greta piece of kit.

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