So I’m on my way to Florida on a United Airlines flight when panic sets in. The photo that accompanies this article is best case with DirecTV. But on this flight, there’s no DirecTV or WiFi. Out of the thousands of planes that United Airlines has in their fleet, I got stuck on the one without any entertainment installed. I can’t possibly talk to my wife this long and my iPhone doesn’t have any games or movies installed. This is going to be the most boring three hours of my life. This is how I discovered the necessity for good airplane passenger seat mounts.
If only I was better prepared. I vowed to never let this happen again. So I’m going to always have some TV shows downloaded to my iPad which I always bring with us for FaceTime with relatives. But wait. Now I’m stuck with having to hold the iPad for the entire length of the flight.
So it’s off to the MountGuys labs to see what we can do about this. Thankfully, we have some good recommendations for airplane passenger seat mounts.
I have always liked the Arkon Folding Tablet Stand because it’s easy to use, highly portable and fits almost any tablet. The photo that accompanies this article is of a person using this mount. The mount is actually a folding stand that supports the tablet from the bottom and the back. When done using it, the mount folds up and can be tucked into your pocket or placed in your luggage. These fit tablets from 7 – 12 inches and will work with most cases and skins. Comes with a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer.
The next mount to look at is the AirClipz iPad and Digital Tablet Travel Holder for Airplane Tray Tables. This is one of those airplane passenger seat mounts that’s specifically marketed for airplanes. This is a pair of brackets made to hang on a folded up airplane snack tray. The AirClipZ tablet holder allow you to mount almost any tablet or mobile device directly on the airplane seat back tray table. Slide the brackets up or down to adjust the viewing angle. This is a nice mount as it’s custom made for a snack tray table on an airplane.
The HighView iPad hanger for iPad 2,3,4 works on tablets that are the size of an Apple iPad (not the Mini or Air). The mount has pouches around the corners and straps that wrap around the back of an airplane passenger seat. It’s fairly simple to use and shouldn’t affect the passenger in front of you. But to be sure, get on the plane first and hook it up before the person in front of you boards the plane.
The last mount we’ll discuss is the Clamp Champion for Tablets and Smart Phones. This is a multi-purpose mounting device. These things clamp to almost anywhere and can be used as a mount or a simple stand. If you don’t mind having the snack table extended, the Clamp Champion can be used as a stand. If you would like to keep the snack tray table closed, the Clamp Champion can be used to clamp to the tray and hold the tablet. This is one of those all-purpose mounts that is more than an airplane passenger seat mount. it can be used at home, in the car or clamped to a seat.
So there you have four good recommendations for airplane passenger seat mounts. All get the job done. You just need to decide if you need the type that sits on the snack tray or one that attaches to the tray or seat. Of course, if the plane has DirecTV, all bets are off, and the tablet stays in the luggage.
Be sure to read our article on The Best Car Mounts for Waze Users for after you land and get your car.