Tray Table Latch
Credit: John Nordell

There are few things more frustrating than tangled headphones, except maybe being confined to a small space for hours.

A flight is the perfect time to catch up on some Netflix (we recommend these travel movies), albums, or reading — or all three – so having a spot to store your headphones where they won't get tangled is key. That's why we've got a new trick for you to try on your next flight.

Not only can you store your computer, iPad, phone, book, dinner, or a mid-flight cocktail on your tray table, but a small component of it can even be used to keep your headphones tangle-free when not in use. Now, this hack totally depends on the airplane you're on, but if your tray table latch looks like the one in the photo above, you're in luck.

I tried this with the typical iPhone earbuds that come in the box when you buy a new phone. Fold the cord over twice — any more than this, and the cord bundle is too thick for storing — and loop your headphones over the hook on the tray table latch.

There you have it: easy storage for your earbuds. It's perfect for when you want to give your iPhone a break without having to dig for your carry-on under the seat in front of you. The best part is that you can do this when your tray table is up or down — no need to completely rearrange everything when you want to hang your headphones up or put them on.

Prepare to have a whole new appreciation for your tray table — we just don't recommend sleeping on it.