Happy Feet: The Portable "Foot Hammock" Is Said To Elevate Flying Experience

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The foot hammock is here to change the way you fly. 

Feet are happiest when they have lateral support, so someone came up with a portable foot hammock that can be slung around airplane tray tables to do just that. 

An Amazon ad for the foot hammock says that allowing your feet to gently sway with the movement of the plane can help prevent lower back pain, stiffness, and leg swelling. Not to mention that it keeps your feet off the dirty floor. 

Pax can simply hang the foot sling on the arms of the tray table in front, place their feet in the padded footrest, and reap the benefits.

Caroline Moss, host of the podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It, told Southern Living that she brings her foot hammock with her on all long-haul flights. 

“I am not flying first class, so this is a very inexpensive comfort item that helps upgrade my experience,” she told Southern Living.

Although the contraption is generally marketed towards shorter people whose feet don't rest comfortably on the ground, Moss, who is on the taller side, said she still benefits from having the little foot swing under her.

“It feels luxurious somehow!” she notes. “The only downfall about the foot hammock is that the people around you will want to talk about it with you and ask you questions (once I let a woman try mine out).”

The foot hammock seems to have been well-received among social media users. 

On Twitter, @EgyptoloJen wrote, "Is this airplane foot hammock the best gift I have ever received? Quite possibly yes," accompanied by a photo of her pink sock-clad feet resting comfortably in a foot hammock on a flight.


Credit photo: @EgyptoloJen on Twitter

@sondradaniel7 Tweeted, "I used a foot hammock on our long flight to Europe. I would recommend it!"

 Who knew that all it took was a foot hammock to make that economy experience feel a little more premium?

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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