Cup Pilot gets 5 stars on
From Amazon Customers

5/5 - "I love the cup holder for both travel and in the car. I fold it up and slip it in my bag when not in use."

5/5 - "The delivery was well before promised so shipment was very fast. I really like the product and am considering purchasing a 2nd one. I wanted it for the golf cart and it works great."

"So Pleased with my Cup Pilot!"
From Sue B.

This has been a godsend for my morning train commute. I did have to make the loop a bit longer to accommodate an older train so that I could hook to the ticket holder. But on the newer train, it's perfect!

I'm so glad I found this. Thank you for such a great product!

Cup-Pilot Airplane Beverage Holder
5 Stars!

"Attention, Passengers! Flight #2345 is now boarding!"

That is your cue that it is time for the coffee juggling act. You pick up your carry-on, boarding pass, and cup of hot, fresh coffee and gingerly walk toward the plane. When you arrive at your seat, you carefully stow your items and get ready for take-off. You look around to find a place to put your coffee but find none. (Yes, you do this every time you board the plane - but to no avail, it is just wishful thinking.) One day, maybe one day, you will have a perfect place to store that hot coffee, hands-free, or your water bottle, or your cold drink, upon take-off and during your flight. We have great news! That day is here!

Meet the Cup-Pilot. The Cup-Pilot is an ingenious, fumble-free airplane beverage holder that clips onto the upright tray table in front of you and folds up for compact storage when not in use. We have tested them at Best Of The Best and highly recommend them as a must-have for every traveler, both business travelers and leisure travelers alike! You can also attach the Cup-Pilot to any zippered pocket on your suitcase while you are waiting.

We give it the Cup-Pilot a five-star rating. You can find the Cup-Pilot at

USA Today Travel
August 18, 2010

Now, here's another unusual item. The "Cup-Pilot" holds a hot coffee or water bottle soda bottle in a mesh holder via a clip attached to your roll-aboard or to the seat pocket in front of you on a plane. Last time I was on a flight, I had a cup in one hand, my roll-aboard in the other, my purse hung over my shoulder, and I ended up setting down my cup on the floor in front of my plane seat while I stowed my roll-aboard. You got it, I spilled some coffee (but I did wipe it up). It's available for $19.95 at this website.

Wall Street Journal
Take to the Highway
Saturday, November 14, 2009

Your car probably has a few. But the airlines have missed the boat--so to speak--on the cup-holder craze. This seven-ounce device, which can be folded and tucked into a carry-on bag, attaches to a variety of surfaces, including the closed seat-back tray in an airplane or the latch that holds these trays in place.

-- Anne Tergesen

Pack It: Hands-Free Gadgets
July, 2009

Cup-Pilot gives multi-tasking travelers a place to rest their latte on the back of a tray or seatback.

Travel smart with the Cup Pilot
Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thirsty flyers who can't wait for beverage service to start like to bring their own drinks aboard. The problem is, a cup of coffee or open soda can has nowhere to rest. That's where Cup Pilot comes in. The little contraption hooks over a raised tray table or hangs on the seat in front of you to hold your drink safely, without spills. I saw a passenger across the aisle using one on a recent flight from Seattle to Detroit, and it worked as advertised.

-- Ellen Creager

Three products for people who carry too much stuff on the plane
Friday, April 24, 2009; Gadling Gear Review

The final product in this lineup only holds one item - but to many travelers it's the one product they'd never want to board the plane without. The Cup-Pilot is a cleverly designed cup holder, which can be attached to almost anything. It'll hang on your tray table or even on your rolling suitcase.The Cup-Pilot was invented by Patrick J. Garahan, who twice served as Secretary of Transportation for the State of Vermont, so this man knows a thing or two about travel. The product costs $18.95 and can be ordered directly on their site, or from Sky Mall.

--Scott Carmichael

The Cup-Pilot is a brilliant idea. Plus, it gives passengers on narrow-bodies the same functionality as those on many regional jets - the ability to put your cup somewhere without dropping the tray table.

--Article commentator

Smarter travel
Sunday, November 30, 2008; Page I23

The Cup-Pilot protects your beverage from spilling as you're moving through the airport or sitting on the plane. The portable beverage holder attaches to a closed airline seat-back tray, hangs from the seat back when the tray is open or hooks onto suitcase pockets. It sells for $18.95 each or two for $33.90 at

-- Zach Dunkin

It Came in the Mail: Cup-Pilot
Sunday, October 26, 2008; Page P04

Cup-Pilot, a portable beverage holder.

Travelers who need a third hand for their drinks.


If we pooled all of the liquids we have spattered or lost in airports and planes over the years, we could fill a Great Lake. The abandoned water bottle in the bathroom. The kicked-over coffee on the terminal floor. The sloshing cup of orange juice in coach.

The Cup-Pilot, designed by a former Vermont secretary of transportation, attempts to stop the spills by keeping the beverage where it belongs: inside the container.The collapsible contraption resembles a basketball hoop for Team Smurf, with a small net pouch attached to a plastic "backboard." A metal hook fastens to a number of surfaces, including luggage, airplane trays (open and closed) and your spouse's finger. Although this item might seem a bit excessive, much like lipstick holders, it does come in handy in flight. We imagine using it while settling into our seat, when our arms are otherwise busy storing a carry-on, and at high altitudes, when we have important papers and gadgets arrayed on our tray table and don't trust the shallow indentation to do its job. Think of how happy your boss will be when you deliver a report not smelling of bloody mary.

-- Andrea Sachs