Milkovasa/shutterstockLike many curmudgeons before me, I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid getting up once I’ve taken my seat on an airplane. Case in point: during holiday travel, I have been known to wear my winter coat on my person for the entire duration of the flight to avoid any unnecessary trips to the overhead bin. You will probably not be shocked to hear that, 1) I am an imbecile, and 2) there is a much easier solution. It turns out there is a “secret” coat hanger installed right in front of our faces on most airline seats. (Here are 13 secrets most pilots don’t want you to know.)
You’ve probably stared right at it without realizing. You know on your tray table, how there’s a little latch to keep the tray locked upright? That latch sometimes has a little hook embedded in it (a decision made at each airline’s discretion), specifically included for your outerwear-hanging convenience. And as Lifehacker points out, the hook is not just good for hanging up your jacket or cardigan—it’s a perfect holster for your headphones or any other cables you happen to be toting for your transcontinental journey.
If your seat doesn’t have one of the familiar hook-and-latch configurations, many tray table latches are designed to serve as functional coat hooks. On some flights, there may even be other options. If you look to the side of your seat, you may see a little knob projecting out toward the window, sometimes with a coat hanger symbol printed on it. No need to guess what this is for.
No more wrapping myself in GORE-TEX for five hours in the sky. Coat hangers: just one of the many things you can still get for free on an airplane.