When you are on a longer flight and want to enjoy a meal or use your laptop for either work or to watch a movie, few things are more frustrating than the above situation, that is, a tray table that sags in the middle. You will find this “type” of tray table on most of Delta’s regional jets (not tested yet on newer style like the one’s on 737-900ERs).
Now on the regional jet I was in the tray extends all the way across (unlike the others mentioned above) and when the tray is sagging all you can try to do (or so I thought) is either do the pillow trick or the pillow + magazine trick to try to make it level so you can enjoy your meal or get work done. But this is not an ideal fix as your lap tends to get hot from the pillow and it still does not really “fix” the issue. Well, if this happens to you, here is a quick fix you can try.
Simply ask for the top opener bit from a soda can from your friendly flight attendant. This one is bent as I had already used it but you get the idea just get one from the can. Next, do this:
Simply insert the metal bit in the space where they tray folds down basically creating a wedge in the open gap.
You are then ready to fold down the tray and low and behold once you slowly put it in place you will notice that something wonderful has happened. Take a look:
Yep, you have a perfectly flat tray table that you can enjoy your 1st class meal on (in this case a hot turkey sandwich that was quite good really) or get some work done without the sag in the middle of the tray.
I find this little tip to be a lifesaver for me as well as a few other tiny tips I employ along my travels. Did you know about this quick fix? Do you have any other amazing little tips you can share with readers? Please do so in the comments below! – René