Cathay Pacific's headrests move six ways.
Credit: Courtesy of Cathay Pacific

A new feature in Cathay Pacific’s seat design could have flyers leaving one important travel tool at home: the neck pillow.

The airline's new six-way headrest, which premiered on the Airbus A350 back in May, wants to ensure a more comfortable and restful flight for everyone in economy.

Designed by tangerine, a London-based design firm, the headrest is meant to provide “significantly improved lateral support, which is crucial for rest and sleep when seated in an upright or recline position,” tangerine CEO Martin Darbyshire said in a statement.

Most airplane headrests only go four ways. Cathay Pacific’s goes six.

Cathay Pacific told Runway Girl Network the new headrest design was about an opportunity to improve more than a decision based on negative flyer feedback.

The headrest has side cushions that unfold and provide a larger surface area for sleeping passengers’ heads. It can be adjusted into a custom hammock for each passenger’s head, ushering them off to sleep without fear of that dreaded head slip that somehow always comes riiiight as you’re starting to fall asleep.

Because the headrest’s inner support allows passengers to sleep sitting straight up, they won’t need to slump and contort to find full head support.

Leave the neck pillow at home and, now, let the seat take care of everything.

Cailey Rizzo writes about travel, art and culture and is the founding editor of The Local Dive. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @misscaileyanne.