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What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?  
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5435 times:

The topic "what is your longest flight?" has been brought up about 500million times, so that's not what I'm asking. I've heard what many of your longest flights were. I want to know what you did to pass the time on that flight and what class you were in (that could be important as to what you could do, i.e. sleep). What did you do to pass the time?

My longest flight was 9 hours 13 minutes 14 seconds (I timed it. sick. I know.) on a Swissair A332 from ZRH to ATL in June of 2001. I was in economy in one of the two middle seats of the 4, so I had no window. I read a long newspaper article about the progress Yugoslavia was making. I watched 2 or 3 movies, plus the shows in between. I also played a lot of this really fun game on the PTV where you bounce a ball up to break these little blocks, but the ball can't touch the ground. Maybe you know what I'm talking about. It was a long flight, but not that bad. I'm pretty good at entertaining myself, so it wasn't a big problem to find things to do. I didn't sleep any.

How about you and your time on a long flight?

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User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5363 times:

play with the PTV........walking trough the A/C........make a little chat with the F/A's.....

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User currently offlineHurricane From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5367 times:

For NW DC10 DTW-FRA...Can you say Dramamine? Thats the only way to sleep in NW Y Class. IFE showed a horrible movie and some cancelled sitcom...Music was ok...listened to that for a while, then took a Dramamine and I was out cold. Usually I don't like to sleep on a flight 'cause I don't get to fly much. I want to savor the experience but I just couldn't stand it...

User currently offlineNeednewairport From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5356 times:

My longest flights were LAX to MEL UAL 747-400 seat 32A. I forget the exact mileage around 7500 I think. I will never forget the captains message before we pushed back "Good Evening ladies and gentlemen we have a long flight ahead of us, 14 hours and 55 minutes....".

The first flight I watched that movie about that stupid little mouse that could talk, stuart something or other, read, ate, watched the little plane move across the map and suffer....

Now the trip back to LA was 12.5 hours and I actually read an entire book....it was pretty good. I was in seat 40A.

Later trips (I did six that year) all UAL. I took vicadin (sp?) (pain medicine) and had a few drinks and slept.....

User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5347 times:

If you write a travel journal, that could help pass the time on the return trip. On the flight to my destination, I always have a guide book to look at and decide what to do when I get there. Then, there is sleeping, eating, and watching PTV entertainment.

User currently offlineNicolasrolland From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5338 times:

Well the longest I have done is 14h or plus
Hongkong to Toronto Direct... in a lovely Airbus 340-300 or 340-200 .. it was so long.. I think I had time to learn an extra few cantonese words...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

anyway I watched all the movies twices, eat two times some instant cathay noodle yum yum hehe

and I got their kit (eyes cover, card holder, etc... tooth brush, etc..)....  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I know they do that only a little time during the year.. I think it have to do with seasons or something.. wind maybe... anyone I have tried to search for a lot of dates and now they seem to always stop in ancorage  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

loooong time, on BA I used the PTV but the lack of games didn't help, most of the movies were crap and there was no good music onboard (lesson, bring own music!).

On Qantas I just watched the in flight movies, as there was no PTV, no worry.

The time passed eventually, its also easy to count the hours.


Dan  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5308 times:

The game you played is called Hardball. I play it on my brother's Palm Pilot whenever he is home for college. It is great!


User currently offlineAeromexico757 From Mexico, joined Aug 2000, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5308 times:

My longest flight was MEX-AMS in a KLM 744 and all that I did was watching out of the window and watch a couple of movies.

User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1880 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5299 times:

Drink liquor. Make sure you do that and you will be fine. Oh and bring one of those facemasks so you can sleep, even when the sun is beating down on you.

Ich haben zwei Platzspielen und ein Microphone
User currently offlineRogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5302 times:

I have two strategies for long flights, both of which are designed so that I sleep, they are:

1. stay up all night the night before so that I'm dead tired when I get on the plane

2. start pounding shots at the airport and for the first couple hours of the flight until alcohol-induced unconsciousness sets in

Am I the only one that thinks PTVs are not the greatest thing in the world? I still kind of enjoy the big screens when I can get them: its more like the movies.

kind regards,


User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5289 times:

12.5 hours LGW-MEX on a BA 747-400, but departure was delayed and we were kept on the plane for 1.5 hours at LGW, so I spent a total of 14 hours on the plane, on the last seat of economy (window, I don't remember the seat No.). The seat beside me was not taken, but since it was the smoking section, I had about 10 annoying visitors seat with me. It was hell!!

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5275 times:

Hong Kong
Salt Lake City

Yawn !!, Well being hkgspotter what do you think I did at every stop......SPOT !!!

During the flights I just did as normal, get very bored.

User currently offlineMSPman From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 177 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5264 times:

I usually read, listen to my cd player, or sleep. Go to this post please http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/214741/ .

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5242 times:

ORD-HKG... 16 hours

I stayed up pretty much all might the night before so I was out of it by the time I boarded so I slept for a bit after takeoff and watched 3 out of the 4 movies they showed. Eating and reading also helps pass time.

HKG-ORD... 14.5 hours
Same as above.

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

ZRH-SFO with a major head wind. 13 hr 11min!!! in a swissair MD-11.

I spent the time doing what I always do. Staring out my window... amazing how fast time flies...

User currently offlinePizzaPolli From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5235 times:

Longest flight was about 12.5 hours, EZE-ORD. I was in First class UA so had a meal and went to sleep. Woke up around 4:30 am Chicago time and then looked out the window util we landed at around 6:05 am.

I am planning to be on the JFK-NRT route next month. That will be my longest flight then. 14 hours. I don't know what I'll do to keep busy. Lots of magazine reading, CD player listening and movie watching.

User currently offlineTNboy From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 1131 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5224 times:

Most of my 13-hour legs have been overnights, and I just pretend to sleep for long stretches, but usually only manage to doze intermittently. Watch the best movie first, because I know my interest in watching will wane as the flight goes on. I usually take a couple of new magazines or a book, and do some reading. Somewhere in mid-flight I generally make the mistake of looking at the screen route map, just to confirm that we are lost in mid-ocean in the middle of the night, hours from anywhere. At this stage, I generally get a glass of wine, stare at the map for an hour and listen to music on the headphones. When I realise that we are still hours from anywhere, and still lost in the dark in mid-ocean, I pretend to sleep again. Since I have matured (the past 2 years), I generally only have a pre-dinner drink and a wine with the meal, apart from the mid-ocean soother, and this helps when we eventually arrive at the destination, usually as the sun is about to rise.
Last year I did Vancouver-Seoul in daylight, and that was great for the frist five or six hours, but after that, tick all the above boxes....except it's harder to pretend to sleep in the middle of the day.
And even after 13 hours in Business Class, you arrive with wild red eyes, a bad hair day and a rank growth that on anyone else would be designer stubble.
Just the way you want to be to face customs, immigration, sniffer dogs and a bright new day!
But must admit, the first few hours, while you are fresh, and the food and wine are there to be enjoyed, it is pretty good!!

"...every aircraft is subtly different.."
User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5209 times:

JFK-JRO on South African, i get all the sleep i can, walk the length of hte plane, eat everything i get, and i get a really good traveling book before the flight, usualy Grisham and read it. Also play gameboy, read the inflight magazines and think about stuff.
DC-10's Forever

"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5193 times:

My flight was 14 hours long from LAX to SYD. The entertainment system on the UAL 747-400 overheated half way through the best movie that was to be shown on the whole flight. Had to shut the movie off half way through. It was a night flight that left LAX around midnight. After a full day of work, I slept most of the way. I will be making this trip again in June and was wondering if anybody knew if UAL 747-400's have PTV's in economy?

Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5194 times:

Dinker225, no PTV's in Economy in the 747's. Only in the 777's on the Tokyo route.

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5181 times:

11 hours, New York to Buenos Aires on an A340.

Wanna know how to pass time on long flights? RUBIK'S CUBE!  Big thumbs up

The way back it was a night flight...but there was a big storm over S.America, and watching the lightning from up there was really cool.

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5182 times:

14 hours LAX-SYD.

I read, slept, watched the movie, ate, whacked off. Oops...only 4 of the above 5 are true.

The worst part was that I flew YYZ-LAX (5 hours), 8 hour layover LAX....then 14 hour LAX-SYD...boy did I stink upon arrival at SYD (no change of clothes en route....silly me).

I don't recommend wearing the same suit for 30 hours unless you have too.

 Laugh out loud

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineDocpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

My longest flight was SIN-JFK 24 hours.

SIN-FRA was 12h30mins, 2h10 mins in FRA, then FRA-JFK 7h30mins.

I did entertain myself with the movies and games on the PTVs. But after a while you're just so tired and 'stoned' that you just have the airshow on and see your plane inch closer and closer to FRA.

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3081 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5164 times:

Nothing wrong with going into the lav and pulling one off. Pretend you paid several hundred dollars for a blow job.

Well, anyway, I have experienced 8 similarly-lengthed trans-atlantic legs in the past couple years. The first three BA, BA, & NW were without PTVs. I listened to CDs and tried to watch the bad movies and programming. I wasn't able to sleep on the first BA eastbound redeye since I was excited about my first trip overseas. And I even stayed up the whole night before on the advice of my sister. I was miserably tired and bored. The same was true for my return flight except I wasn't as tired since it was a daytime westbound. It still sucks to just sit there for 8 hours.

My next redeye eastbound was on NW. I was supposed to be on an A330 of US but there were weather delays and stuff. I just sat there and looked out the window. I had been up the whole night before packing since I was going to study abroad for 4 months. I did eventually get to sleep for a couple hours and woke up in the daylight the before landing. Before sleeping I just listened to CDs.

Then I got to fly VS for a quick week long trip back home for over there. The PTVs and movies and games were great both ways. I didn't sleep on the way back since I was watching a couple good movies but I paid for it because I was really tired upon arrival. I ended up sleeping in the Tube in London since I couldn't yet check in to my hotel. The Picadilly Line Hotel it was for a couple hours. My suggestion is to use the Circle Line in the future since it doesn't leave zones 1 & 2.

When I came home from study abroad it was on US with awesome PTVs and a good movie selection. Daylight flight no problem.

My recent trip was UA. I couldn't sleep eastbound but watched bad PTV programming, listened to Ch. 9 and watched the moving map to torture myself. Since my sleep cycle was screwed up for the whole short trip, I was really tired on the westbound daylight flight and I was able to sleep for a good part of it. I didn watch one ok movie on the PTV and then I just listened to CDs and watched the moving map.

In conclusion, make as long of an ordeal out of the meal service as you can since, hey, it's something to do. I get free alcohol when they come through but I don't go asking for it. Just enough to get a little buzz going. Maybe in the future I'll drink more beforehand or try over the counter sleeping pills without mixing them with alcohol or waiting a bit. Try to verify the PTV content to make sure your movies are ok. What I really want to get is a laptop that can play ripped DVDs so I can watch my own movies. Make sure you get up every once in awhile and just go for a short walk to the lav and tinkle a little, because that DVT stuff is real. On my recent 767 flights where I had the window and it's 2-3-2, every time my neighbor got up, as a rule I got up. That turned out good since I never had to ask to be let out during the course of the flights.

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