On the streets of Manila, Flynn Jason Siy entertains himself with urban gymnastics. On airplanes, he avenges boredom with barf bags. During a budget flight to the resort island of Boracay—on a plane lacking TVs—Siy made a cradle for his smartphone from the metal closure tabs of several bags, allowing him to comfortably watch movies on the device. Here's how to engineer your own seat-back screen in a few minutes.
Take three barf bags from nearby seat pockets, and remove their pliable closure tabs.
Bend two tabs into Z shapes. Work one end of each tab into gaps above the tray table lock. The other ends cradle the bottom of your phone.
Fashion the third tab into an inverted J, and wedge it between the lock and the upholstered seat to secure the top of the phone.
Plug in your headphones, sit back, relax, and (actually) enjoy the flight.
Here are 2 more bright ideas for your flight...
Take all the drop down oxygen tubes and make guitars.
OR take all the toilet paper tubes out of the bathrooms and make binoculars for everyone.
You will "become the envy of fellow passengers" because you have taken their barf bags. A smarter move is to plan ahead and bring your own stand. Didn't plan ahead? Learn to make an origami stand from a page of SkyMall. Just Google "origami smartphone stand".
What next, Amanda? How to maximize your carry-on storage at the expense of others?
Excellent idea. And while you're enjoying your DIY phone mount made from mutilating fellow passengers' barf bags, they can vomit in your lap if they feel sick.
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