Flight Kit

Everyone works on airplanes — and complains about it. Take off with these tools.


Get a Grip

Your tray table already holds lunch and your laptop. So how do you find room for all the memos you have to review? By using the Laptop Copy Grip.


The Copy Grip is not the world’s most glamorous computer tool, but it may be one of the most useful. A small arm attaches to the side of your laptop’s screen. The arm has a document clip to hold your papers. It swivels, rotates, or pivots in whatever direction works best for you (and your seatmate). No more messy piles — or coffee-stained reports.

The Laptop Copy Grip sells for $4.95. Call Fellowes Computerware (800-945-4545) or visit the Web .

Coffee? Tea? Laptop?

Toshiba’s Portege laptops, introduced four years ago, helped pioneer the subnotebook category. Its newest model, the Portege 300CT is light and small (3.8 pounds, 1.4 inches thick), and it packs a wallop.

It incorporates Intel’s 133 MHz Pentium processor with MMX, 32 MB of system memory, and a 1.5 GB hard drive. It offers an 84-key keyboard (barely smaller than full size) and a rectangular display screen that provides 20% more workspace than standard laptop screens.

The Portege 300CT retails for about $3,500. Call Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (800-457-7777) or visit the Web .


What’s the Word?

Businesspeople who work on planes spend most of their time reading and annotating documents. Enter the Handwriter Manta, a compact digital writing tablet.

The Manta’s cordless pen and handwriting-recognition software lets you write notes, sketch, or even sign your name to computer documents. It’s compatible with most Windows applications.

The Handwriter Manta retails for $260. Call Communication Intelligence Corp. (800-888-8242) or visit the Web .

Power Surge

You’re 10 minutes from finishing a PowerPoint presentation when the screen goes dim. You’ve got a dead battery!

Get your power surge from Xtend Micro Products’s PowerXtender adapter. It works with the in-seat power systems now available on several major airlines. Delta and American have installed outlets in first class and business class for most long flights.


Some airlines supply adapters to their frequent flyers. But there’s no guarantee they’ll work with your laptop. Xtend offers more than 200 adapters, designed for the most popular models, all of which meet FAA regulations.

The PowerXtender Adapter sells for about $99. Call Xtend Micro Products Inc. (800-232-9836) or visit the Web .