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User currently offlineSchweizair From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

When your flight lacks a PTV, what do you do to pass time? It never bothers me. Sometimes, the carrier has a pretty good in-flight magazine. AA is not bad. When flying nonstop to Europe, I just download some e-books onto my PDA, 16 MB of memory! It does take a long time to do that but hey, I'll be reading for hours. And of course, it helps to have games downloaded to my PDA. I also jumped for joy the day it was possible to make MP3 CDs. Now I can listen to my whole U2 collection on two discs instead of seven! Enya and Siobhan Donaghy are also among my favorites. When I ate up all the memory on my PDA, a good Stephen King paperback always helped too.

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User currently offlineWdleiser From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 961 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2393 times:

I listen to my 10gig Ipod.

User currently offlineSEAPete From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

In that case I like to do it "old school." I read! Even better if it's a book about an airplane disaster to spook the already nervous passingers next to me. Big grin Yes, I'm going to hell, but all my friends will be with me!

Cheers!

Pete



SEA No other place like it
User currently offlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 816 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

it would actually bother me not having a PTV. i get really ansy in my seat if i have nothing to do. i'm not the biggest reader (books that is). anyways, what i would do is stock up on my gossip magazines (people, US Weekly, etc) and read those...Also Game Boy becomes one of my best friends. Just get an RPG game that i know can take a few hrs of play time to beat. other than that it would be my personal music...and the other thing i do is chit-chat w/ the working F/A's.

~B6FA4ever


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6281 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

TVs on airplanes? Why?

Of course I ask why about PDAs and Ipods as well. I happily read a book or watch the world pass by out the window.



Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlinePER744 From Australia, joined Mar 2003, 405 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Schweizair: books etc are fine for a shorter flight, but on 14/15 hour flights a PTV makes a hell of a difference.

User currently offlineN77014 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

I've become addicted to PTV's. I was on a widebody that had them go inoperative just prior to a 3.5 hour flight and I was in withdrawal after wheels up!


N77014-KIAH


User currently offlineMark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

No TV, thats a problem to me. It's why I fly on Jetblue now. It makes the flight go by quicker, keeps all those kids quiet, keeps the people who are afraid of flying calm, and I don't have to squint my eyes to view a screen that on other aircrafts will be 4 rows in front of me. Reading is fine, but I can't deal with the silence.

User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

I try to read or study.... I also like to listen to some music. The last 10 or so flights that I have taken were all either too early or were the last flight at night after a very heavy working day so I've been sleeping a lot in them. So tired that I have even skipped the meal service!

And that for me is quiet an outstanding thing to happen! Big grin

RM  Smile



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

Now that I'm alittle older I do the same as most, I just sit and either read the in-flight meal or chat with the cabin crew. But when I was younger I would be full of so much adrenaline and exitement that I would just buzz around the whole aircraft. I remember how I used to annoy people by jumping over their legs constantly. The cabin crew didn't mind it too much as I was a kid. Oh the embarresment now that I look back  Laugh out loud


EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineRoberta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

Now I can listen to my whole U2 collection on two discs instead of seven

ahh noises of the CFM's, one of my favorite relaxation tapes

no seriously as long as i have good food, a window seat, clear skies and a continental view i am more than happy.

[Edited 2004-04-22 18:42:18]

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17002 posts, RR: 67
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Reading is fun, and I do read a lot. But past the 3 hour mark I start getting antsy. I need something else to distract me. PTV is great. It requires very little concentration so works fine even if I'm tired and can't sleep.

EDIT: Transplanted a new word in.

[Edited 2004-04-22 18:40:53]


"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineSpoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

My God, not having access to PTV? The HORROR of it all !! How dreadful... Just the thought of having to "entertain" one's self for a finite period of time. What's this world coming to?

User currently offlineKl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5120 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

It's a funny subject! When I was working for UA in DUB in 1998 they sent us to MIA for a two week training. DUB-LHR-IAD-MIA..... LHR-IAD in first class and we got those portable dvd players...... I never used them... I was to busy reading all the magazines I just bought, or eating, drinking, and most of the time talking to all the other persons around us.... In 2000 I had a job that required me to fly to PHL from AMS every 2 weeks, and again I didn't miss it...... People are getting soooooooo spoiled, and I think that persons who can't live without a TV for a week are hopeless...... Enjoy life! There is so much more to do! Due to those flights, and talking a lot, I have good friends in the US, South Africa and Colombia ......... That stupid little screen for 8 hours can get you blind in the end, you know that?


Next trip : DUB-AUH-CGK-DPS-KUL-AUH-CDG-ORK :-)
User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17002 posts, RR: 67
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

I make no excuses. I'm from the wired generation, or actually I'm from a bit before that. But I'm an entertainment/information junkie.


"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently onlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2352 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1956 times:
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20gig iPod, reading, and heck, mother earth presents the worlds best IFE outside your window! Have a glance at the scenery that passes underneath!

Mario
LH526



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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8237 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

PTV, what's that? I've never been on a flight in the US with PTV. The last flight I've been on with a PTV was a UA 777 3 years ago and I turned it off 30 minutes into the flight. So what do I do on flights with no PTV? The same I've always done: Read, sleep, talk. Works for me. My opinion is If you can't spend a few hours of your life without staring into a flickering glass panel then there's something serious happening with you and you should seek professional help  Smile

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17002 posts, RR: 67
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

I do sometimes spend a few hours without staring into a flickering glass panel. In fact I do it everyday, when I sleep.  Big grin


"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineScottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6713 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Since I'm usually on a flight without the mini-idiot-box:
  • Sleep
  • Listen to music on the iPod
  • Read
  • Do some work on the laptop
  • Eat (if I've been fortunate enough to get an upgrade)

  • User currently offlineFlyguyclt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
    Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1863 times:

    No TV? No problem. Plus I am usually working. Some passengers make for some awesome entertainment .  Smile

    Safe Flying  Smile

    You can always tell too. Passengers that read, are usually the nicest and easiest to please. Sometimes the human factor does still win over technology.



    Florida Express, Braniff II and ......
    User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
    Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

    If I'm working than I can't really watch the tv. If i'm flying as a passenger I don't really care if I have the TV in front of me or not, I can always chat with the cabin crew, chat with seatmates, listen to music, look out the window or best part sleep!!!!!. I don't know why everybody is so gung ho about PTVs.


    Continental Micronesia: "Fly With The Warmth Of Paradise"
    User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

    No TV -- no problem for me. Flying is the only time I have in my busy life raising a young son to read or get caught up on sleep. I avoid flights and airlines with PTVs. If I have them I don't use them.


    Free-thinking, left-leaning secularist
    User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4242 posts, RR: 6
    Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

    Personally I would never choose an airline just because it had PTV - all other things considered. But I do have to say that I would prefer to have it than not have it. On a long flight, such as transcon US or across the pond to Europe, it is very handy and kills some of the boredom. Sure I can handle reading a book but I'd prefer to watch TV. I think it is the choice that I like having.
    That doesn't make me a bad person, just a normal one.

    I will say that to Europe, most flights from the USA are night flights anyways. In this case, the PTV goes off and I try to catch some shuteye. It is the way home that PTV is king.



    None shall pass!!!!
    User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1605 posts, RR: 6
    Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

    I agree that I'd rather have PTV's than not, so as to give a choice.

    esp when in a middle seat in Y class, then it becomes a necessity!!

    Most of my longhaul is with VS, who are phasing out some of their old IFE at the moment, and I have to say its disspointing when I get a plane with the "old" IFE rather than the newer ones.

    I guess its a case of once you have it, you dont want to go back............



    User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

    Ill put it this way.on a ten-hour flight on an a310 SVO-IAD in economy with no IFE really does suck-well except one time when i was next to a 9 year old russian kid(i was also 9 at the time).Oh did we have fun-and now as i look back on it,i realise just how much i had pissed off other passengers Big grin  Big thumbs up and still dont know why the hell did that one guy change the diaper of his baby at the seat-couldnt he at least of gone to the lav to do that?


    Snakes on a Plane!
    25 BH346 : I've never been on a flight with PTVs. This is what I usually do on my flights... -Stare out the window -Listen to music on my 15GB mp3 player -Read -
    26 Nudelhirsch : first: a beer or 2 then: lunch then: watching out of the window, listening to 40gig iPod, more beer... then: reading movie or PTV, well, maybe, but no
    27 Post contains images Ba319-131 : Generally I do watch a film or 2,however on my last round tripo from HEL>PEK>HEL I never even switched the thing on. I was more than happy with my boo
    28 Post contains images Solnabo : Using my Jens of Sweden Mp3 player Michael//SE
    29 Post contains images Backfire : PTVs, Ipods, techno-bollocks....jeez. I try talking to the flight attendants. Much more fun.
    30 Max777 : Turn my DELL Laptop on, kick back and relax...........
    31 PA110 : To PTV or not to PTV... that is the question! It seems that this has been a recent preoccupation for some on this forum recently. It's nice to see tha
    32 Shamrock1heavy : PTV's are good, but I usually just leave it on the map. I also like to read and lsiten to some MP3 cd's. -D
    33 Salim : for tourist a ptv can be useful. on mea 330 ptv even in economy there is a presentation of all the cultural sites of lebanon. and not only as a film.
    34 Post contains images ND : - Listen to 15GB iPod - Turn on 17inch PowerBook, ultimate PTV - Read some philosophy - Admire the model plane I just purchased in duty free - Peaking
    35 Ba97 : PTVs--great idea-the options allow good channel grazing - as they say--women want to see what is on..men want to see what else is on.... Unfortuantely
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