Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2014

B-Tourist Strip to Help Air Travelers Who Hate their Seat Neighbors

b-tourist strip fully extended

Two Israeli graduates of Jerusalem’s Bezalel Institute of Design, Idan Noyberg and Gal Bulka, have come up with a way to allow passengers flying in coach to get a bit of the privacy offered in business class. Their new invention is the B-Tourist Strip.

If you are embarrassed by having all those strangers watch you as you sleep on a plane ride, here’s your solution:

The device is made from an elastic fabric that will fit on seats of all sizes. It attaches to the passenger’s own seat’s head rest from behind and to the back of the seat in front. The material spreads out to cover the head and face of the users, allowing them a bit of privacy while they read, eat or watch movies. It even has an inside pocket for your books.

Plastic rings are used to adjust the width of the B-Tourist. It can also be stretched out in front of you to give the user a surface on which to rest their head while sleeping.

b-tourist strip coffee time

It is small and fits easily into a carry-on bag.

Noyberg, who currently works as a UAV pilot and technician and who served in the Israeli Air Force, said of the idea, “We found that we can create a super sterile private space by covering a very small area around the passenger.” He also said that it is so easy to use in that it, “takes the same time to disassemble as folding and removing things from the tray table.”

The device is not yet available for sale, but its investors say that they expect to market it at a price of $40 retail per unit.

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