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Aero-Tray

Special to The Miami Herald

You can have your in-flight meal and use your laptop too if you’ve included the Aero-Tray in your carry-on gear. The z-shaped hinged collapsible workstation opens to become a double-decker desk atop the airplane tray table (or any surface). Or, angle the top tier for more ergonomic typing on the tray table or your lap. The bottom tier has a retractable shelf with a cup holder to minimize the risk of spills while multi-tasking. The pull-out shelf can also be used as a vertical support for a tablet computer. The bi-level station mounts onto the airplane tray table via two elastic strips and rubber feet. When folded, the 1.5-pound plastic Aero-Tray measures 14 inches by 9.5 inches by 1.5 inches thick, and can be stashed in a laptop bag or backpack. Available in camel or black.

Aero-Tray is about $60. Info at www.aero-tray.com.

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