TimeForFlight
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Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 5:51 am

This stems from the would-be but foiled crisis about the theory of no PTVs in AA coach on a West Coast - Europe flight. As many of us more experienced travellers remember, PTVs are relatively new. Just a few short years ago all one had to entertain himself with on a long-haul flight were the standard 2 movies shown on the "big" screens, the inflight magazine, and the duty free cart (which provided a brief 2 seconds of decision making time).

So, what are some of your most "outrageous"/ridiculous stories of entertaining yourselves on board those long haul flights? Any interesting/steamy experiences? I'm sure lots of you have joined the mile-high club, but what have you managed to do that proved either entertaining to yourself or humourous to those around you?

Have fun with this one... I suppose you could also imagine a thing or two that one could do to pass the time. Creativity - it never hurts.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 5:59 am

This is why i like PTV's, they allow you to pass a few hours. There isn't much you can do in a confined space such as a plane to entertain yourself, best if you sat on a window seat, at least you get to see the beautiful scenery outside. The most exciting thing i've done is play cards ot just read the inflight magazine.

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artsyman
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 6:06 am

Well Timeforflight, I tried your idea on a recent flight from EWR>LGW, I decided to get up out of my seat, and see what I could do to entertain the folks around me in business class. Well after about 38 seconds, I found myself trapped up with what I could best describe as giant plastic twist ties, and escorted to a new seat in 44b

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FrequentFlier
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 6:13 am

Traytable up...
Traytable down...
Traytable up...
Traytable down...

Seriously, on a JFK-LHR flight, I looked out the window for 2 hours around sunrise trying to catch a glimpse of the Irish coast (never had been to Europe before). Of course, the only "coast" I saw was the wing, as there was a thick blanket of clouds. Let's see. I read, wrote in a journal, and listened to music. When this became boring, I stared.

PTVs are amazing. I know that everyone thinks that they are a major waste and not necessary, but they really do bring long flights up to another level.
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 6:42 am

I've stared out the window for long periods of time when I didn't feel like doing any of the things I brought on(discman,magazines,book...) and I didn't/couldn't sleep and did not like the inflight movie. It's amazing if you stare out the window as there have been times when my flights have cruised alongside another aircraft for hours.

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Rick767
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 8:18 am

The sight of the sun rising on an eastbound flight at FL380 over the North Atlantic is better than any PTV...

Best view is from the front of course!
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 8:21 am

not that I should have to explain this...but I was joking about the white plasic handcuffs etc.......


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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 8:36 am

I'm 17 and I believe that most of you have been flying many times more than I have, but I have flown enough to discover that PTVs are a new thing for me too, and not to mention, the new sleeper first class seats! This may sound rediculous but sometimes I do feel nostalgic for the old square recline first class seats with the familiar long closet door up front of the cabin of the 747! Sorry for being off track but to the point of what I do:
With out PTVs sometimes I play cards, watch the movies on the big screen, read books/magazines and listen to music. When I was younger the flight attendants would give me some sort of kids pack to draw colour, do a puzzle, stickers etc. Play with the model airplanes given by the nice flight attendants. (mum bought it!) Oh those were the days!
Oh I used to fly THAI all the time since we used to live in Bangkok, and they have log books for kids, and you put info about your flight in and destinations etc. go up to the cockpit and the captain will sign it! But I did not use this book for just THAi although that it is THAI's, the Qantas and British Airways pilot signed it too! I remember loving it! But on long flights my mum always wants be to go to sleep, but you know, i cant! even still today! i cant sleep all the way on long flights but eventually, right? Sometimes I would talk to the flight attendants in the galley for a while, and they show me stuff, take pictures and such. Oh those were the days!
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 8:43 am

Pacificflyer,

Funny, I can sleep like a baby on planes. Especially sat behind the wing, the engines are hypnotic I find. Don't understand people who say they can't sleep on a plane.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 8:47 am

The first time I experienced PTVs were on a CO 737 about 5-6 years ago. All you could do on them was order things and send em to people, or play games, which were $4 for the whole flight. The games were fun. The PTV was in the seat in front of you, and you could control it with the remote/phone that came out of the armrest. Anyone else try these?

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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 9:02 am

Well when I was younger, and when I was a little kid, I can't but I find that it is easier for me to sleep on planes. When I was little I remember my mum always scold at me for not being asleep on long flights! haha...she said it's easier to get adapted to the time zone when we land if I sleep on the plane. But you're right, sleeping on the plane is great, especially when you leave on a late night flight and the plane is so cold when you board and you can see the mist coming out of the air conditioning!
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 12:09 pm

i don't know if this is off-point or not, but i've actually never flown with ptvs, just because of the airlines/routes i fly. frankly, i'm not too sure how much they would do for me, since i never watch movies on planes anyway. (i do however watch others around me, which is fun; i remember this hideous ex-twa stewardess flying next to me from syd-lax crying at the ending of shallow hal, which i thought was more amusing than any farrelly brothers trash could be).
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 12:43 pm

Rick767 - you're right, seeing the sunrise from FL350 (or similar) is quite an incredible sight. If you look closely enough you can see the slight curvature of the earth... It's incredible to think that you're above everthing in the world and the beauty of nature cannot excape you. I do enjoy seeing the sunrise from aircraft. You're right - that experience will beat any purpose of a PTV.
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 12:49 pm

Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
 
TimeForFlight
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 12:52 pm

Now THATS the curvature I was talking about!
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 1:58 pm

When I flew SFO-LHR, I listened to UA's channel 9 audio feature and tracked our progress by listening to position reports on HF.
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:17 pm

I liked to walk around the cabin and just observing the atmosphere on a long haul flight. Normally after the meals when everyone settles down to sleep.

Once when I was on a trans-pacific flight (JAL NRT-HNL), it was after dinner and the cabin was dark, but the movie playing on the main screen (Spaceballs, that was how long ago it was...) illuminated the cabin enough for me to see the pax in the vicinity.

Suddenly we hit very bad turbulence and the whole plane shook till I thought I heard the fuselage strain. Meanwhile, this Caucasian guy was asleep across the aisle with his head down. Up and down and from side to side, the plane was buffet by the forces forces of nature that there were a few screams in the cabin. But this guy continued to sleep blissfully. Suddenly, there was a strong jolt that caused the 747 to roll to the side... and his toupee fell off his head and landed on his crotch!

His neighbour, my mother next to me, and me of course, saw this but none of us dared to wake him. The "PING" sounded in the cabin and the seatbelt sign was illuminated. The FAs then marched down the aisle to ensure all seatbelts were fastened. He was shaken awake by a FA and told to fasten his belt.

Still dreamy from his slumber, he reached around him and fumbled for the 2 halves of his belt. Looking down, he realised that his crowning glory was no more at the rightful place but staring at him instead. He must regretted what he did till this day because no sooner, he quickly unzipped his pants and forcefully pushed his toupee inside! MAN!

When we rode out of the rough weather and the seatbelt signs were turned off, he left for the toilet and 5 mins later... voila! He had his pride and joy back up there and continued his journey to slumberland...
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 7:24 pm

Not quite an oceanic flight, but on a flight SEL-FRA on Korean, I spent 5 hours playing poker with 3 mates. The loser of the game had to ask the Korean FA for a round of Carlserg, quite a challenge on that flight!
 
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RE: Passing The Time On Oceanic Routes

Tue Jun 11, 2002 10:22 pm

1.Get an INTERESTING book to read.
2.Bring a board game to play with your seat partner
3.Play chess on your own.I have tried it once and found it rather interesting
4.Listen to music
5.Try taking pictures through the window-you WILL see something interesting.I once took a pic of a Malaysian oil refinery using a 300mm lense from 22000 feet that even NASA spy satelittes would be proud of.
6.Sleep

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