What The…? Why Is My Seatmate Wearing A Tent?

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

How would you feel if you took your seat on an airplane and the person beside you was wearing a full plastic tent.

In these times, the first assumption, of course, would be that it was designed to protect him against the coronavirus.

But the tent was actually invented for those who want to remain dry during sports events, like soccer moms and sports fans. It is sold by a company called StadiumPod, and the company’s CEO Rick Pescovitz likely saw a great opportunity to take advantage of fears of viral transmission to boost sales.

That was him in the tent, and his brother David blogged about the event on BoingBoing. The story soon went viral. 

David said a flight attendant was glad to take his brother's photo after he wore one of his blue tents on a plane.

"As travellers are taking unusual steps to protect themselves from the Coronavirus...my brother thought to see how his StadiumPod would work on an airplane," David said. "The man who sat next to him didn't even bat an eye.”

It's unclear just how effective the tent is in keeping the passenger safe against the coronavirus. It clearly wasn’t designed for that purpose.

The bottom-line: wear a tent if you wish – as long as it doesn’t crowd out your seatmate. But to avoid viruses the best course of action remains to wash your hands thoroughly and avoid contaminated areas.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.



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