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The 5 worst travel accessories

It’s no secret that when travelling, you’re bound to come in contact with an irritating fellow traveller, and it can be the painful cherry on top of an already melting sundae.

But what happens when the ridiculous travel accessory world arms these offenders with even more annoying tools to irritate everyone around them?

Only time will tell. Just take the story of the knee defender, for example.

A man on-board a United Airlines flight whipped out this nasty device that clips onto the seat in front to prevent the seat from reclining. Naturally, the woman sitting in front was not impressed.

In an already tense climate, the last thing you need is someone else dictating how you travel. Suffice to say the incident did not go down well, and the plane was diverted to Chicago where the man, his knee defenders, and the woman he targeted were removed from the plane.

But surely that’s as bad as it gets, I hear you say. Think again. Here are some other obnoxious travel accessories to keep an eye out for.

The B-Tourist

As if anti-social behaviour wasn’t bad enough already, this device loops around the seat in front and the back of your own seat to screen your face from surrounding passengers, and make you look ridiculous. No doubt the person stuck on the wrong side of it needing to go to the bathroom will hate you, as will those in front and behind, whose space you have to invade to pitch this absurd tent.  

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Ostrich Pillow

If your head is prone to lolling all over the place while you sleep, then maybe this contraption will work for you. Just be willing to take the risk of looking slightly unhinged, and having other passengers fear for your sanity.

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Seatback Travel Organiser

For the exceptionally organised traveller, this accessory allows you to display all your belongings in a neat and tidy arrangement, letting you take your calm sense of order across the globe with you. But, as some have already suggested, unless you plan on living on-board the plane, you really don’t need this much stuff.

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Beam N Read LED Light

That light up top not bright enough for you? Having trouble seeing your book in the dim surrounds of the aeroplane? Regardless of your reason, do not use this accessory. When everyone else cops the crummy conditions and instead opts for a nap, and you whip out this blinding light, you certainly won’t be making friends. Turn it off, pull up the blanket, and sleep just like everyone else.

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Plane Sheets

Ok, we get it. Planes carry loads of people, and sometimes germs carry. But when you start applying a cover over your seat, shuffling and pulling and smoothing it on, no one around you will be impressed. Trust that the airline has cleaned each seat before letting new people board, and sit down in the seat. I promise the germs won’t kill you.

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