airplanetire
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What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 12:31 pm

There are some nonstop flights in this world that are in excess of 15 hours. Just to name a few: EWR-Hong Kong 15 hours 40 minutes, ATL-JNB 15 hours 25 minutes. What would someone do on a flight that long. For maybe the first hour or so, I could look out the window. Then you could watch the movies and eat the meals and read or play a videogame if you had something to do it with or listen to music, but even all of that would not take up the whole time on a flight that long. Some people may be able to sleep, but I find it impossible to sleep on an airplane. On an 8 or 8 and a half our flight on a Swissair A330 from ATL to ZRH, I had my seat totally reclined (Swissair reclines pretty far, even in economy where I was), one of those eye cover things, earplugs, and one and a half sleeping pills, and I didn't get a second of sleep.
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 12:36 pm

If on UA, listen to Ch. 9.

If on intl. carrier, ask to sit jumpseat.

If on CO, I would be sitting BusinessFirst.

On any other airline, I would be sitting in my seat and complaining.
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 12:42 pm

Well see, for me, it would be in economy. I've never flown anything higher than economy, which is okay because I've never bought a ticket of my own. I'm not old enough to have to be buying my airline tickets yet. Economy doesn't have a reputation of being tremendously comfortable though, so I'm curious to see how someone would spend 15 hours nonstop in economy. If I were in a sleeper seat in first class, it would be a different story. I'd be so facinated by the whole thing, that would occupy me for a few hours. I could probably sleep in first though.
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 12:46 pm

Greetings:

Read a book.
Listen to some CD's
Watch some DVD's (if you have a portable DVD player)
Read a Magazine
Make some new firends
Stay up the night before and sleep the entire trip
Join the mile high club with that new firend  Smokin cool

Just my thoughts.

Happy Holidays
Tom
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 12:52 pm

ILS,
Many of us doubt you've even been on an airplane before.
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 1:52 pm

I flew JFK-HKG on UA821 (744) in July. Flight duration was 15 hrs 4 mins. Sat in the Upper Deck Bus. Class cabin and slept for over 8 hours. The first two hours I listened to Channel 9 Audio (ATC), the last couple of hours I ate a lot of food, and watched 2 movies. A good thing to do is to take some sleeping pills, to knock yourself of for a while.
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 2:46 pm

Longest flight I"ve ever had was 10hrs40mins from AtH-JFK on an FF 747. It helped that I close buddy was on board, those back bathrooms on 747's when their clean can be quite fun!
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 2:56 pm

Airplanetire,

What happens if you don't get a window seat...
Another 2 hours to fill in...or worse you get the window seat but it's night flying over the ocean.

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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 2:56 pm

Ooh..everyone stand by for the Battle Of The 16-20 Year Old F Class Fliers  Big grin
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 3:05 pm

Spank your monkey......  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

No, seriously....I have flown DFW-ICN on Korean Air, which is about 14 hours. What I did is got really drunk which took about 6 hours drinking with the Korean man next to me, and trying to speak to eachother through pictures and signs, since neither of us spoke eachother's language, then I passed out for about 7 hours, woke up for breakfast, and then we landed. It was great, though I was still drunk going through customs, in fact so drunk that I left my carry ons on the plane and had to be escorted back to get them.....hehe.

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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 3:18 pm

Very relevant topic for me, since I'm doing LAX-SIN (via TPE) next week on SQ.

When I'm not playing games or watching movies with KrisWorld, I intend to see some DVDs I have. Also, I want to finish the novel I started reading 4 months ago. I don't have much trouble sleeping on planes, with some help from wine or vodka  Smile

 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 4:13 pm

I'm surprised that all you airline buffs would even consider a 15 hour flight, unless it is for business or an emergency. If you're on vacation, why not make it fun?

Why take a non-stop, when you can have a stop over at some interesting places?

London-Singapore- Sydney? You can have it.You arrive feeling like crap, and you haven't had any fun along the way. I'll stop in Cairo, or Dubai or India on my way to Singapore, and Bali, Darwin or Cairns for the next jump.

Sydney-Los Angeles? Not for me. There's Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti or Honolulu along the way. The best fun I had was Melbourne, Brisbane, Noumea, Nauru, Guam, Honolulu, LA. Four airlines, four different aircraft.

(For the record, I don't think I'd ever go to Nauru again, but at least I've been there).

Get off the treadmill, folks.

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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 5:07 pm

Only thing to do is SLEEP!
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 8:15 pm

Well I have flown UAL international many MANY times and I have only had channel 9 on my flights played 3 times before so that usually does not happen often on the big long haul flights! I have been lucky to fly Biz class every time except twice on long haul flights thank god!! I used to stay wake the whole flight and watch stuff on the PTV unit, read and listen to music until the end of the flight. however after I was wise enough to start taking advantage of high standby priority with UAL these past few months, i traveled to sydney just for a few days over the weekend several times. I then learned to eat dinner, watch a bit of t.v., switch on the air show map and fall asleep and wake up 1 hour out of the final destination to build up alot of energy! it works very good to do it this way! especially when you are old enough to drink in a foreign country! Suck down a couple of coldies before the flight and you will be out like a rock after the meal! Best way to take a long haul flight in my oppinion! Ohh yeah dont hate all us 16-20 year old kids (me being 19) who travel alot... some of us just might be telling the truth! however I am not in support of others that I think are full of crap!
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 8:17 pm

Ambien works really well on long flights. Alcohol is a bad idea though because it dehydrates you and actually drains any energy you might hope to have upon arrival.
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 12:21 am

Take two Benadryl with dinner and wake me for breakfast....
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 1:11 am

Like I said when I started this thread, I took some sleeping pills. They were Ambiens; one and a half of them. I didn't even get tired until I was on my flight from ZRH to ATH, but I still couldn't sleep on that. I had a window seat on the flight from ATL-ZRH, but it was the night time for most of the flight. Coming back on the flight from ZRH to ATL, I had no window seat. I was in the second seat in from the isle on the A330 on the right side. You might think that it's sick that I still remember this, but I timed it and it was 9 hours 13 minutes and 14 seconds. That was my longest flight ever. It wasn't so bad, but not that much fun once we'd been in the air for 2 or 3 hours.

I've flown on Delta's MD-11s on transatlantic flights from ATL to BRU and then back and they were hideously uncomfortable, even for me, and I was a bit shorter then than I am now. The flight over was 7 hours and 15 minutes and coming back it was 8 hours and 54 minutes. I have a good memory for those things. Those flights felt pretty long. Delta uses the same MD-11s I think on 14 hour flights to Japan. I can't imagine flying on one of those things for 14 hours. They were really cramped, the seats were terribly uncomfortable, and there are PTVs. PTVs aren't essential, but they deffinately make a long flight not feel quite as long. I love flying. I'm almost jittery with excitement when I'm at an airport, but once I get two or three hours into a flight, I've gotten over the initial excitement and it gets to be more just sitting in a loud room in a chair trying to find things to do.
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 1:15 am

on DFW-KIX around 13.5 hrs i read and listened to music, and watched movies, when we were over japan i looked out the window. when i was on BOM-LHR around 9.5 hrs i only read, and went up to the cockpit..
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 4:37 am

KaiTakFan said that a lot of people don't believe the 16-20 year olds that say they have traveled a lot. I'm sure you all think even worse about 13-15 year olds. I know that. I happen to belong in the age group of 13-15 year olds. I want to know if you believe me about traveling a lot for a 13-15 year old. Do you? I promise that I have been everywhere that I say I have (I've never lied on these forums and are personally very against lying), but do you believe me?

Regards,
Airplanetire
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 7:11 am

I've been on one of the flights mentioned: ATL-JNB. Someone commented why an airline buff would choose such a direct flight. Well for me, that was part of a 3-flight routing to get to Zimbabwe from DC, so it still wasn't that direct.

Anyway, in economy class, the plane was less than 50% full, so I just read a few books, slept a lot, and read more books.

Justin
 
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 9:47 am

yeah im not full of crap either, i have just been fortunate in getting to travel to these places...
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 11:08 am

Watch For Myself !!

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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 12:20 pm

I'm getting ready to take one of those flights myself, Christmas Day. It will be UA 895 from ORD to HKG, and is scheduled to be 15 hours and 55 minutes. But it will be a four-flight trip. I'll fly NW from RIC-DTW and DTW-ORD, since United dumped my original RIC-ORD flight. And after my long one, I'll connect to Cathay Pacific for the HKG-SIN leg, since UA dumped that flight also. Thanks for giving me ideas on what to do. Looking out the window is probably out for most of the flight, because I'm sure they'll make me pull down my window shades for the movies. So I guess I'll read, maybe watch a movie, and sleep.

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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 12:35 pm

Airplanetire,

I believe you do a lot of traveling. Many kids do lots of traveling these days, but I think that most of the people who don't believe you are thinking back to their childhood when kids weren't as fortunate. Times have changed, and riding on a plane is more like riding a bus than the glamorous "event" that it used to be (save security). I'm in college now, and I've been all over the world.
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RE: What To Do On 15+ Hour Flights?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 1:00 pm

I haven't been on a 15 hr. flight though, but I have been on JFK-TLV which I believe is a 12 hour flight(that is my longest).I don't really remember what I did on both legs other than sleep and watch ptv.
On ORD-ZRH, I was in business class, so I watched part of a movie, ate, and went to sleep.
LGW-DFW I was in business class again, I watched a little tv, ate, and then slept.

ORD-LHR, it was a 10:30 departure. I essentially went right to sleep after take off, and awoke about 1 hr. before landing.

LHR-ORD, it was a morning flight. It was hard for me to sleep, so I looked out the window at the ice bergs and greenland. I watched the inflight movies, listened to my cd's, read some magazines.

What I think is really cool is when flying east-bound, it is neat to look out and see either the constellations and stars, or look down and see the city lights. For some reason, I think it looks really neat. There is also the occasional ship lights in the water below you.
It is those times when I have really felt that I was crossing the globe.

rgds,
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