Schweizair From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 2006 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.
SEAPete From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 67 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 1885 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. Yes, I'm going to hell, but all my friends will be with me!
B6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 813 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 1850 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.
Mark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 1757 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.
Fly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1788 posts, RR: 23 Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 1738 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!
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Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 62 Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 1623 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
Starlionblue From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2004, 15906 posts, RR: 66 Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 1606 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.
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Kl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 4994 posts, RR: 13 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 1564 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?
Airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 6955 posts, RR: 7 Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 1474 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
COAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9 Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 1364 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.
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Boeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2264 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months ago) and read 1337 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.
Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4038 posts, RR: 6 Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1261 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.
Espion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1193 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 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 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 Solnabo: Using my Jens of Sweden Mp3 player Michael//SE
29 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 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