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That meant nights and days up in the air, flying from Sydney to Beijing, or London to Hollywood, and waking up, with my face glued to a heavily used, uncomfortable airplane seat that hadn't been cleaned for what was potentially, hundreds of flights.
It’s honestly extremely gross and no secret anymore.
I decided that no matter how crazy people would think I am for not wanting to sit in all of that ick I needed to find something to improve my long distance, transit experience.
The question was: How can I feel clean, relaxed, and how about civilized while on a flight? It has to be something that I bring with me, that's not too bulky, and doesn't cause a fuss on board.
My eureka moment came when I realized airplane seats are basically like small mattresses. And obviously all mattresses need sheets!
I wanted something clean from home, to cover the entire airplane seat like a fitted sheet covers a mattress.
I researched the market, and there were airplane seat covers out there.
Since I regularly work with pattern makers and stitchers, I decided to dream up my own product:
An airplane seat cover that’s clean, comfortable, washable, and reusable.
Plus cute (of course), and fast and easy to use.
Multiple prototypes and several test flights later,I had a winner and NiceSeats was born in 2005. This is a picture of me on one of the early days photoshoots we did in 2 years later in 2007.
I originally designed my seat covers for airplanes, but the more I had them with me in different situations, like on a hot and sticky bus in Cuba for example, the more I was delighted by how versatile they truly are.
You can also easily fit them on train, bus seats, or even on movie theater seats. My favorite part of this journey is hearing the different ways in which people fine a use for NiceSeats.
Travelers with severe allergies and immune deficiencies report that a NiceSeats seat cover helps them to reduce contact with potential irritants and allergens found on seats.
One repeat customer messaged me that she had spread her seat cover out on the floor at a gate, as a space for her kids to play while waiting to board a plane. It's fantastic to offer something that people can use in a ways specific to their needs.
While I created NiceSeats with the intention of making time in transit more pleasant, it’s become much more to me than that. While I always knew having a barrier between myself the countless others who've sat in my seat would reduce the chances of getting sick on planes it's never been more important than it is today in the time of Coronavirus. Now it's apparent we need to change the way we do things. Making a shared space your space is one of many ways we can protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Safe and happy travels,