Please, someone explain how a U-shaped pillow makes anything more comfortable. The intent of the pillow is to provide neck support, preventing the embarrassing, but inevitable, head-snap as your body slips into a deep sleep. But honestly, what could be more uncomfortable than sleeping with a permanently crooked neck? You'd be better off leaning your head against a window, or, better yet, the shoulder of a stranger. Anything is better than the neck-pillow nonsense.
This divisive object, in all its plush, polystyrene microbead wonder, epitomizes the existential suffering of economy air travel. In our battle against the stress and spatial constraints that airlines have wrought, we have armed ourselves with a woefully inadequate weapon — cumbersome, absurd and forgettable, with legions abandoned on plane seats and in crammed closets.
They have zero redeeming qualities. Don't succumb to the madness. Stay strong and stay awake.