Many business travellers are laser-focused on trying to travel as light as possible, packing a slimline laptop and maybe an iPad but not much else, but serial tech entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia had no such worries as he showed off the inflight ‘office’ he set up for himself on a recent American Airlines flight.
The billionaire entrepreneur, whose current projects include payment processing company Zeta, showed off the ‘office’ or what he referred to as his ‘airplane travel rig’ in a now-viral post on X (formerly Twitter).
The rig includes a laptop perched on top of a laptop stand, a full-sized keyboard, a separate mouse, a power bank, a second screen and lots of cables.
The second screen comes from a company called SideTrak, which sells portable monitors that magnetically attach to a regular laptop screen and connect via USB as a quick and easy way to double your screen space.
Turakhia regularly sets up this ‘rig’ during his travels and says it takes just 30 seconds to get the whole office up and running. In return, Turakhia claims he benefits from 40% higher productivity on seven-hour transatlantic flights.
And not to worry about dismantling the whole rig during the meal service to make room for tableware. Turakhia was travelling in American Airlines Flagship First on its Boeing 777-300 aircraft, which has a unique swivel chair that allows passengers to face forward for meal services and then turn to face a separate desk.
You might be wondering whether having all that gear set up on a plane is airline-approved, but American Airlines doesn’t seem to mind. In reply to Turakhia’s original post, AA responded, “Wow, that’s a great setup you have there”.
Would you take working on the go this seriously?
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.