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What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 7:43 am

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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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 7:56 am

play with the PTV........walking trough the A/C........make a little chat with the F/A's.....
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 7:56 am

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...
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:00 am

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.....
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:03 am

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.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:09 am



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

Cya
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:10 am

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.

Regards

Dan  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:44 am

Airplanetire,
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!

Alitalia777
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:48 am

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.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:50 am

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.
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:51 am

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,

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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 9:10 am

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!!
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 9:38 am

Hong Kong
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Tokyo
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Portland
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Salt Lake City
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Phoenix

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.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 9:43 am

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/ .
John
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:15 am

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.
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:19 am

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...
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:22 am

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.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:37 am

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!!
Cheers
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 11:18 am

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.
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 11:42 am

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?
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 11:45 am

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!
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 12:02 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 12:03 pm

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.

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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 12:28 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 12:40 pm

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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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 1:00 pm

Hi
Its was an Air New Zealand B747-400 and I was flying from Auckland to LAX. The flight was supposed to take about 13.5hr. We got in the plane and had to wait for 2 hours because of some minor fault. Then finally we got underway. Lets just say I can't sleep in planes. I have never been so bored and so frustrated in my life. I watched the crap movies. Wrote journals. And perved at the flight attendents. And by the time we began our descent into LAX i was about to screem. We we just about to touch down. We were no more than 5 metres of the tarmac and then the pilot applied full power and we were off again. Apparently another plane hadn't excited the runway in time. I must say that the go around that we done was awesome to experience.We finally touched down. The we taxied to our concouse. And had to wait for 45 mins because apparently they were not ready for us. I was the last person to get off the plane because I was and UM (unaccompanied minor) By the time I got off the plane I had been on it for 17 hours. This was not an experience that I want to repeat in the near future. The plane ride home was much more enjoyable.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 1:52 pm

My longest flight was the CO 99 from EWR>HKG. I had a seat in business first (seat 8A). The flight was around 17 hours direct. That's too long of a flight to really keep yourself amused the entire time, but I watched two films, ate 3 meals, posted a review of the flight so far to airliners.net from the North pole(at the alarming cost of about 12 dollars), took some pictures of the North pole on the digital camera (which my girlfriend left on the plane.... I still miss that Camera). I then slept for a few hours etc.

Jer
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flig

Tue Apr 23, 2002 6:38 pm

my longest flight ever was SFO-MUC on a LH A343, we had a good headwind, so it took about 13 hours. It was an overnight flight, so I slept at least about 7 hours, the meals took another hour, a two hour movie, some chat with the flight attendants, well, that's pretty much it. Can't remember I ever got bored on some intercontinental flight. I think some 2,5-hour hops on turboprops are way worse.

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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 6:45 pm

1 x brandy
2 x diazipan

flight ? what flight ?
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 7:25 pm

Most of my long flights have been night flights, the 2 longest being in business class which helps to pass the time. Generally I will watch a movie, listen to CDs and watch the skyshow and of course sleep. Took a day flight once, Seattle to Tokyo, thought it would be great. Turned out to be worse than the night flights, sure you eat, watch the movie and listen to CDs, but sleep forget it, but of course when you get off the plane you want to sleep but still have 2 hours to get through customs and to your hotel.

Qantas please make sure my next long pacific you put on one of the planes that will have PTVs in economy.

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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:39 pm

Well, I've flown long-haul on the following carriers / a/c:

Leisure International Airways, Boeing 767-300, MAN-MCO-MAN;

US Airways, Boeing 767-200, MAN-PHL-MAN;

Virgin Atlantic, Boeing 747-400, LHR-LAX-LHR;

bmi british midland, Airbus A330-200, MAN-ORD;

United Airlines, boeing 747-400, SFO-LHR.

I flew Business Class on UA & US so I just tended to eat, drink & sleep!
On VS I flew Economy Class and passed the time playing the SNES version of Super Mario Bros most of the time (brought back some memories!);
On the bmi flight I flew in 'the new economy', bmi's premium economy cabin, which was modern and roomy, and that flight passed really quickly;
...and the ULE flight - a typical, cramped, British charter - can't remember much about it except my legs seizing up!

 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 8:56 pm

best thing to do is either get hammered or pop a couple of valium and the next thing you know you're crossing the M25 wobbling your way into LHR... perfect.

 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:17 pm

longest flight:
PHX-LHR
What did I do?
Become a member of the mile high club.
Well, those 10 minutes, sure passed away quickly.

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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:20 pm

17 Hours - LHR - Peking via Hong Kong BA B747.

Lucky I wasn't a smoker back then. I watched all the other passengers - it was like sitting in the middle of the finals exam for a degree in yoga! You should see some of the positions people try to sleep in cos the seats in Cattle Class are so damned restrictive.

On the way back, I slept for all of it except for the bits running to the toilet - I'd used all the sickbags from my row, the row in front, the row behind ... you get the picture... An effective if none too pleasant way of passing the time...
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:20 pm

Crown and Coke with a Xanax. Can usually sleep for about 6 hours. SFO-CLK-SIN
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:37 pm

Flying from TLV to the US can be a draining experience. How people do the TLV-LAX flights (16 hours!) without getting off the flights is beyond me.

On direct flights (either direction) TLV NYC I eat and watch the first movie (or most interesting one) find some decent music, crank it up so I don’t hear noise from other passengers and off to sleep I go – always sit window to prevent people climbing over you.

I always bring a fat book (one whose content is not heavy – Clancy, Grisham etc)

If I can, I prefer flights of European Carriers (BA rules) and break up flights so I get a walk about (and a smoke) at least every 8 hours.

Suggestion: Don’t over medicate your self in order to sleep. It will leave you groggy and that is no fun if you need to be up and going (or make you sleepy when you should be enjoying some sight seeing). It will make you impatient and cranky when it comes to standing in line for immigration or luggage, and if anything happens on the plane and you are not thinking clearly …

Good luck to all flyers in reaching their destinations safe and well rested.
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 10:42 pm

You're lucky, watching movies etc. Try doing 12 hrs+ as crew!! Once the a/p is in, it's a few radio and chart checks and that's it! You get a sore arse too! The 777 cockpit is better than most aircraft though, as there's more leg room.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 11:03 pm

During the pre-747-400 days flying SQ 001 SFO-HNL-HKG, I usually tried to do this:  Sleepy . I usually did it on the HNL-HKG leg, sleeping 7-8 hours to resync my biological clock to Hong Kong time.
 
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RE: What Did You Do Pass Time On Your Longest Flight?

Tue Apr 23, 2002 11:22 pm

My longest flight was from HKG to YVR..I forget how long it look,pretty much around 12 to 13hrs..I couldn't fall alseep for the whole trip,just with my eyes open and think about some crap...so boring!!

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