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Travelling for the Canada Day long weekend? This $16 airplane footrest is a 'godsend' for overnight flights

Save money on business class with this wallet-friendly travel hack.

Young woman taking a nap in the airplane while traveling.
Save money on business class with this wallet-friendly travel hack (Getty Images).

While joy is often said to be found in the journey, not the destination, we don't think that applies to airline travel — especially during busy times like the Canada Day long weekend. For many, airplane travel, especially long-haul flights, is something to endure rather than enjoy, especially if you're flying economy. However, a group of savvy Amazon shoppers may have come across a new life hack to make overnight travel bearable this summer — a $16 floating footrest.

This portable travel footrest has an adjustable strap to suit your height.

$16 at Amazon

This airplane footrest is one of those products that makes you wonder, "Why hasn't this been done before?"

To use, simply hook its straps to the bracket of your open or closed tray table and put your feet in it until they're stretched out and slightly suspended.

The footrest is small enough that it won't weigh down your carry-on bag and can be used anywhere you need a little leg room, including a train, bus or plane.

If you're worried about durability, don't be. The sturdy airplane footrest has a lock to reinforce the strap and can be adjusted to fit your height.

  • 1,300 reviews

  • 4-star rating

  • "Airplane game changer"

  • "I cannot travel without this little thing since I’ve tried it."

The versatile footrest has been dubbed a "lifesaver" by shoppers and earned praise for sturdiness, comfort and ease of use.

It's a "lifesaver for long-haul flights," according to one reviewer. The shopper, who's 5'8" and flew a 15-hour flight between Toronto and the UAE, writes it made their middle-seat economy experience "tolerable."

The elevation "helps to take pressure off" your back, legs and lower back, they say.

Amazon shoppers swear by this $16 airplane footrest for long-haul and overnight flights.

$16 at Amazon

It works "wonderfully" for restless legs, lauds another shopper. Adding, it's "well made" and "sturdy."

The footrest is a "godsend," raves a third shopper. "I [no longer] get restless legs on flights," they say. It's "small and light" to tuck into your carry-on, and it doesn't "bother the passenger in front of you." All in all, it was "life-changing for me."

Despite its four-star rating, some reviewers found the footrest "uncomfortable" as it "pushes your feet against each other." You'll also want to double-check with your airline before using this footrest, as it may not be compatible with all planes.

Before you head out on your next long-haul flight, Amazon shoppers recommend checking out this "life-changing" airplane footrest.

Praised by shoppers who experience restless leg syndrome, the budget-friendly device is a "godsend" for uncomfortable flights. However, some reviewers say the device caused more discomfort than relief, which is something to keep in mind when placing your order.

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