Even if you’re a seasoned traveller, long flights with young ones can be challenging. One airline is looking to make it easier for parents to fly with kids by making air travel much more comfortable and it’s a wonder no one thought of this sooner.

Air New Zealand recently announced a brand new way for families to fly with the Skycouch. The seat modification allows both adults and kids to safely lay down in flight, even during takeoff and landing. Using a row of three economy seats, the space can be converted into a flat surface so that kids have a safe space to stretch their legs and play, take a nap or just curl up next to mom and dad for a cuddle.

The Skycouch isn’t entirely new. The design for the Skycouch Cuddle Belt, which keeps you safely in your seat even when laying down, was originally designed for couples flying together, but now it has been adapted for use by families with kids. It can safely be used by two children laying side by side. The airline has also introduced the new infant pod, which acts like a tiny bassinet where a baby can lay down to take a nap or simply give your tired arms a break.

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“While we initially marketed the Skycouch to couples, we quickly found the product suited parents with young families especially well,” Air New Zealand general manager Anita Hawthorne told the Huffington Post. “Parents can relax while their children are able to have their own space and flat area to play without interrupting other passengers.”

The Skycouch will be available to travelers later this year. Hopefully it will inspire more airlines to follow suit. After all content kids in airplanes benefits everyone.

Would the Skycouch encourage you to travel more with kids? Share your thoughts in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Pixabay

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