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Originally designed for people to wear while watching football matches, these “stadium pods” could be a savvy – if deeply unstylish – way to avoid catching the virus.
These portable pods were invented in 2010 for sports fans – but the inventor is now wondering if they could be used on planesCredit: undertheweatherpods.com
Under The Weather Pods were invented in 2010 by Cincinnati-based Rick Pescovitz for parents and families who wanted to watch sports games without getting wet.
One of the designs, called StadiumPod, is designed to fit over the torso and be worn while sitting down as the plastic tarpaulin stops the wearer from being rained on.
But there could now be a second use for the pods, as there are increasing concerns about plane travel during the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed over 400 people and spread across more than 20 countries.
CEO Rick has even tried using one of the pods on a plane tried it for himself, according to his brother David.
Under The Weather Pods were invented in 2010 by Cincinnati-based Rick Pescovitz -and he recently tried one of his stadium pods out on a plane
David wrote: “My brother thought to see how his StadiumPod, meant for seated spectators at sports games, would work on an airplane.
“He tells me the flight attendant happily took his photo and that the man who sat next to him didn’t even bat an eye. Stay safe out there!”
In the image, Rick is seen in his seat with the blue plastic tent over the top of him.
Opinion on using the device was conflicted, with some asking if it would even work.
One man added: “Not for use in exit rows.”
Others said they would use it even if they weren’t worried about the threat of coronavirus, instead for “maintaining personal space”.
Coronavirus was first reported on December 31 last year and has since killed 427 people.
More than 20,000 have contracted the virus with reports of cases in 24 countries, including the UK, US and Australia.