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The Genius Contraption That Will Make Your Flight More Delighted

It’s a rare and beautiful thing when a Kickstarter seedling blossoms into a real product, and all the more so when it’s one that could make a meaningful impact on your life. Or at least, the part of it you spend inside and airplane. The premise behind Craig Rabin’s Airhook sounds, appropriately enough, like something out of SkyMall: a cup holder that mounts to your upright tray, that can also hold your tablet or smartphone at eye level so that you can customize your in-flight entertainment. And like all great inventions, it was mothered by necessity—or at least, inconvenience.4-1 “I was flying from Seattle to San Francisco basically just for lunch, so it was the only time I’d ever worn a sport coat on an airplane,” recalls Rabin, who was working as a “virtual events consultant” at the time. “I figured I had three options: Ask if they have room to hang it, let it get horribly wrinkled in the overhead, or I wear it and I’m just sweating buckets by the time we land.”

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There was no room to hang it. The overheads were full. Sweating it out wasn’t acceptable. So Rabin spent the flight with jacket draped overlap, staring at the tray table in front of him, dreaming of a better way.

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