It's called "My Airport Butler." It's a $20 "instant table top surface wherever you travel. How many times have you been stuck at the airport if your flight is delayed or cancelled, your hands are full and you have nowhere to put your coffee, food, newspaper, laptop or other devices?" The website admonishes you "DON'T PUT YOUR COFFEE ON THE FLOOR!!!!!!" Really? That's what I did and it worked out just fine. As for that deck of cards we were playing, I just put my computer case on my lap, and the kids and I had a FREE flat surface to use. And your newspaper? What's wrong with on your lap, in your carry-on, or just next to you?
Would you trust your lunch on this? Maybe if it was in a bag and you weren't eating it, but does this look stable enough to hold more than a cell phone?
If you like that one, you might want to buy "My Smart Snacker." That way, when you're driving, you can hold your drink AND Cheetos at the same time.