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Review Of The Fly LegsUp Flight Hammock

Exciting news from Jetlag & Mayhem HQ today with a tale of a product that can help you get to sleep more comfortably on a flight! Last year you will have read about the game changer that was the Fly-Tot Inflatable Flight Cushion.  I am still a fan for my 4 year old but my 7 year old’s legs are now that bit too long to make it comfortable for laying down.  Which brings me to the ‘Fly LegsUp Flight Hammock‘.  An ingenious ‘leg hammock’ which creates extra support from a footrest to a flat bed, dependent on the age and size of your child.


Wait what is this amazing sounding product?

Mother of four Jenny fashioned the first device with a torn up pillow case and a travel sewing kit! Following a collaboration with an airline pilot, aeronautical engineer and doctor, the Fly LegsUp Hammock was subsequently created.  There are two versions of the hammock available, one for adults and one for kids. We tested out the kids version, which is basically the same as the adult’s one but with an extra inflatable cushion.


How does it work?

The kit consists of the hammock, two large inflatable pillows and one small inflatable pillow. It has been designed to be adaptable, there is no right way or wrong way to use it.  


As soon as you are at cruising altitude, recline your child’s seat and pull down the tray table.  Then you can attach the hammock with the velco straps to the arms of the tray table.  Push the tray table back into position and spread the ‘Tail’ on the seat.  Then inflate the cushions and stack them into the bottom of the hammock.

How comfortable is it?

My 7 year old absolutely loved it.  When she was awake she sat with her legs up on it in a cross-legged position. When she was asleep she curled her legs round and lay down flat.  I tested it out for myself and also thought it was brilliant for adults.


Any downsides?

I don’t think it’s fair to use if you are seated next to a passenger who can’t get out easily.  It was great for us as the 3 of us were sitting in a bank of 3 seats so I wasn’t blocking any strangers in (we were traveling Virgin Atlantic on one of their Dreamliner 787s).

You also need to make sure that you are sitting in an economy/premium economy seat with a tray table in front.  It won’t work in a bulkhead seat.

Would you recommend the Fly LegsUp Hammock?

Absolutely!  One of the best things about it is that it folds up small into a lightweight pouch.  This is a great for parents who really don’t want to be adding to the mountain of hand luggage (have used my delightful size 6 sandals for size)…


Unlike the inflatable flight cushion there is also room underneath the hammock so you don’t have to remove everything on the floor in advance.  It’s worth testing out the hammock in advance to familiarise yourself with the straps and method for hanging.  The velcro can initially be quite noisy to start undoing it on take off when the engines are roaring!  You also need to attach it as quickly as you can because as soon as the person in front of you reclines the seat, it makes it a little bit more tricky.

The Fly LegsUp Hammock is available for purchase through their website.  Prices are 69.95 for the adults version and 79.95 for the kids version and they ship internationally.

For more tips on how to get your kids to sleep on a plane, please check out my previous post!

Jetlag & Mayhem was sent a Fly LegsUp Hammock for review.  I was not paid for this review and this is all my own opinion!

  • Dimsim


    Dear Nicola: have you tried sleeping in/with the Fly legs up, or is it really just for kids?

    My son (8yo) & I are taking his first trip on a plane (from Canada to Paris/London/Lisbon) so I’m wondering if he would still fit in it & wether it’s worth buying one for myself too. We wil only be taking carry on luggage as our flight from London to Lisbon would be on a discount flight. So I’m also concerned about the size.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Love your site by the way, very informative & im only a few articles in.

  • Susan Rees


    I saw this on Sunrise & thought it would be great fir my 7 year old grandson & 2 year old grandaughter going on a long flight to LA & then another 5 hours to Washington, I would even use it myself as I find it hard to sleep on planes as you can-t stretch out so worth a try definitely but as usual it is quite expensive unfortunately.

  • BEE


    How does this compare to the Fly-Tots ? We are flying USA – Australia with a 5 and 7 year old and I am wondering which one to get – I see you have tried both. Fly-Tots are back ordered and may not arrive in time (but comes with a pump). Do you have to inflate Fly-Legs up yourself? I just stumbled on your blog – wonderful ideas!!

    • Nicola

      Yes Fly-Legs up very easy to inflate, you just blow into it. Fly-Tot needs a foot pump. Fly Legs up is expensive but all the family can use it – I recently used it for my return economy flight from London to Hong Kong. Fly Tot is essentially just an inflatable cushion that sits between seats. It’s brilliant but I think your 5 & 7 probably too long for it now

  • Sarah


    I used the fly legs up on a recent trip from New Zealand to Finland, game changer!! I’m giving these as gifts to people as I actually enjoyed the flights, from one side of the world to the other.

  • Evelyn


    Hi Nicola,

    I am trying to choose between the fly letlegs up or fly tot for a three old. Since you have used both which would you recommend as more suitable?

    Thanks in advance


    • Nicola

      Hi Evelyn, depends how tall your 3yo is. For my daughter, we stopped using it from around 5.5 as her legs were getting a bit too long. If you think there’s plenty of space when they stretch their legs out then definitely get the fly tot

  • PT


    Can you tell me which airline are you using? Can you use it in any airline?

    • Nicola

      I’ve used it on Cathay, Singapore and Virgin

  • Evelyn


    Hi Nicole,

    He is really petite so will go with the fly tot!
    Thanks so much for getting back to me. Thanks for your great blog helping a mama out.

  • Tracey


    Anyone know how to buy in US?

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