TV star demonstrates clever armrest trick for the comfiest sleep on planes and trains

A TRAVEL expert has revealed the armrest hack she swears by when traveling on a plane or train and which she learned about on social media.

Falling asleep on public transport is never easy, especially in airplane cabins it is difficult to get comfortable.

Samantha Brown asked people to share their best social media travel hacks


Samantha Brown asked people to share their best social media travel hacksPhoto credit: Tiktok – SamanthaBrownTravels

However, travel show host Samantha Brown showed how passengers can turn the armrest into a makeshift headrest, which she said can “create a more comfortable space”.

In a video she shared on her Instagram (@samanthabrowntravels), she asked her followers for tips they had learned online.

She got the ball rolling by sharing the first travel tip she ever learned from other social media users.

she captioned the video “Anyone else want to share?” and said, “What’s a travel hack you first learned on social media and thought, ‘How did I not know that?’

“I’ll go first.

“You can raise the armrest on planes and trains to create a more comfortable place to rest your head.”

However, Samantha warned that passengers should do this when sitting next to strangers.

She added: “Please only do this if you know the person sitting next to you.”

People were impressed with Samantha’s makeshift headrest, with one simply commenting: “That’s a great trick!”

In addition to the armrest tip, others shared similar armrest tricks, including one for the aisle seat on airplanes.

One user explained how it can be raised to make it easier to get out of the aisle seat, while others said they never knew about it.

They wrote: “You can raise the armrest in the aisle seat to make it easier to get out, but the button is actually on the back of the armrest!”

Another person replied: “This is embarrassing, but I didn’t know the armrest of the aisle seat had a button you could push to raise the armrest.”

“So many bruises on your legs from pacing on a long flight.”

Other people pointed out another method that passengers can use to make themselves a little more comfortable during the flight.

Often both sides of the headrests can be bent forward to support people while they tilt their heads to one side or the other.

They wrote: “The ends of some airlines’ headrests may be curved so you can actually rest your head on them.”

“I never see people using them, so I guess it’s just not known.”

Samantha’s Instagram is full of useful tips and tricks for travelers, including a very strange trick she uses to ensure she never leaves things in her room’s safe.

She revealed that she always leaves one of her shoes in the safe and said that she will never forget to take this item out of the safe, especially if it is the pair of shoes that she wants to travel with.

She said: “You will check out of the hotel and go to the airport without your passport, your wallet, all your credit cards, your money, your laptop, but you will not forget to put on your travel shoes.”

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For this reason, you should never ask if people speak English while on vacation.

And these are the hotel hacks that Samantha Brown always swears by.

Samantha shared her headrest pillow hack in a video on Instagram


Samantha shared her headrest pillow hack in a video on InstagramPhoto credit: Tiktok – SamanthaBrownTravels

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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