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Crew Q? When Flying East To West.  
User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 4283 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4021 times:

A question to crew about routine pls.
When flying an overnight E to W on a 10hr+ how do you deal with the morning arrival in terms of personal space?
Do you carry on and fight the body clock and go to bed later that day or check into the company hotel and go to straight to bed?

Example, the BA55 LHR-JNB departs 17:50 arrives 0640, would you grab a few hours straight away?
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User currently offlinepackcheer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4014 times:

I'm not sure LHR - JNB is a good Example, that's a long North to South flight that only changes 2 time zones. It quite literally is an over night flight due to flight time, not time changes.

Generally speaking, because I am not a pilot, but just travel wise, the time zone changes are what mess me up, not so much traveling over night.

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User currently offlinenws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3998 times:

I agree with packcheer, time zone changes, along with the associated waiting for shuttles, waiting for hotel rooms, and then trying to figure out when to eat are what mess me up.

User currently offlineFabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3953 times:

I would expect that when the next flight departs plays a large role.

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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3903 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
Example, the BA55 LHR-JNB departs 17:50 arrives 0640, would you grab a few hours straight away?
Experience is King.  

Oh for sure... Usually I just take a couple of hours. 3-4 max. Gives me enough energy to survive the day.
If I don't sleep I am in ZOMBIE mode. NOt knowing what I am doing and just walking through the city like a zombie 

On westbound flights I try to stay awake as long as possible.

Good thing is that we have a nice break during flight where I can sleep properly and get back some energy.


User currently offlinesafetyDemo From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

I mostly do domestic trans-cons when speaking of changing timezones - but I always try and stay on my normal schedule for eating/sleeping. This typically means I get up around 5 or 6am west coast time the morning after arriving. This has the added benefit of allowing me to take a nap before a late evening red-eye departure. Then when I get back to the east coast I typically only allow myself a few hours of sleep (not past noon) so I can fall asleep again that same night at a "Regular" time.

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