I’m a total chump. Couldn’t help myself. I caved like chocolate macaron in the hands of 5 year old. I just became one of those people that I secretly mock and chastise. I bought a neck pillow at the airport. You know – the really soft, squishy kind that takes up loads of space in your carry-on and looks completely stupid when you wear it.
I was heading to the gate before a 9 hour night flight in an economy seat knowing that on the other end I was going straight to work – sleeping on the plane was going to be necessary and I was willing to do anything to help facilitate that. The truth is, $20 on a plushy pillow is not going to help for shit. I was in for a crappy night’s sleep no matter what.
People carry these ridiculous pillows, take pills, wear eye masks and ear plugs all in an effort to sleep on the red-eye but that’s kinda why they call it the RED EYE. Its never going to be restful until you’re settled in that little pod up in business class safely away from the plebs in coach battling out for armrests and recline space. The reality is that in that confined economy seat you are at the mercy of those around you. The seat grabber behind you, old recliner in front, the snorer beside you. Not to mention the sweet lady on the other side who has now rested her head on your shoulder and is out cold. All the way to New York. (Yes, this happened to me. And NO I didn’t say anything. I’m Canadian. I just screamed in my head WAKE UP!!!!!) Nothing helps you escape those factors so you can fall into a peaceful slumber. Not to mention the physical constraints of stretching out or finding enough recline in the seat so you don’t do the old head bob forward. No. The fact is you’re lucky if you get any sleep at all.
I wedge myself into the seat with knees up trying to find some sort of fetal position of comfort. In the meantime, my neck is wrenched, my tailbone bruised from the armrests and I’ve taken a drink cart to the back of the head. Ahh airplane sleep, you elusive mistress. The statement “Don’t worry, you can sleep on the plane” is an outright lie and everyone knows it. Instead I guess I’ll just catch up on all the TV and movies I’ve missed.