SunCEO
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What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 6:50 am

Hi Guys!

I am taking my first Long Haul trip early next year on Air France to Beijing. I was just wondering whether you frequent flyers amongst us could give me a few tips on what to do during such a long haul flight!

Also does anyone know what facilities there are (if any) for the enthusiast in CDG or PEK?

Much Obliged,
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Sabena332
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 6:59 am

On a long flight I do nothing than enjoying the flight (like on every flight).

Patrick
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 7:01 am

Get smashed off champaign Big grin
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Sabena332
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 7:03 am

Get smashed off champaign

Also a nice idea Big grin

Patrick
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 7:07 am

What do your normally do to pass time?
Why should being on an airplane be any different? Read a book or something.
 
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 8:36 am

Well there really isn't uch you can do on board a metal tube for x amount of hours. Obviously you can read, sleep, eat or bring your own form of entertainment. Or you can do what I do most of the time - stare out the window.
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 To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 8:40 am

Eat, drink, watch movies, listen to music, sleep, play cards, talk, snack, sleep, read, play games........etc.
 
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 8:44 am

I'm not a really frequent flyer, but I do have a few longhauls under my belt. All of them were transatlantic with the longest being 9 hours and 13 minutes from ZRH to ATL on a Swissair A330. PEK-CDG will be a good deal longer than that, but I'll tell you what I can. Try to sleep. If you cannot sleep on an airplane, then try to get your doctor to prescribe you sleeping medicine. I would recommend getting them to prescribe you somthing that will really put you to sleep, not something like Ambien that just gets the chemical balance rigth to sleep, but doesn't actually make you tired. If your doctor won't give you that, then take two Benadryls. Those are allergy medicines, but they are frequently used in hospitals (so they are safe for this) for their side effect, drowsiness, and they really do make you drowsy, especially two. Air France has PTVs on their 777s, A330s, and A340s, so if the route is flown by one of those, then you can enjoy that. If you have a window seat, then that will take up a lot of time looking out. Bring books and music. Talk to the flight attendants. Savor every meal, not matter what it tastes like. My first longhauls (ATL-BRU, BRU-ATL) seemed really long, but now I love longhauls. Have a great time!
 
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 8:57 am

Read a book or watch the movie or sleep!
 
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 2:03 pm

Get really hammered with your seatmate and talk about stuff.
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 2:09 pm

Take a valium and go to sleep. Long haul flights are a pain, and there's only that much inflight movies, music one can endure. Chances of you experiencing good inflight service that will knock your socks off are also hard to come by nowadays...so better to just sleep and hope to wake up just before arrival.
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 2:12 pm

Try not to fall asleep for a long period of time. I do it almost every time, but when I wake up, my ears feel like theres a 100 lbs of pressure, and I can't hear crap. After about 5-10 of yawning, it eventually returns to normal!

Continental
 
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 3:21 pm

Rubik's Cube - that's all I have to say  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 4:07 pm

Transactoid,
If you play with the Rubik´s Cube long enough you are going to go nuts. I tried this once and after two hours I got really pissed off, took all the blocks apart and placed them where they were supposed to go. I´ve never brought another one with me on long haul since then!
 
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 4:33 pm

Eat, sleep, watch a movie, look out the window (very entertaining  Big grin), play cards, observe people, read magazines/safety cards or even take a walk, and chat with the F/As.
 
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 4:45 pm

Fritzi, that's just another symptom of the ever decreasing attention span of youngsters today.
The Cube is supposed to keep one occupied for long periods of time, and it can.

Best bet is indeed to read and sleep. And don't stay in your seat for the entire flight. Walk around the aircraft in order to keep circulation to your legs or you may have trouble walking off the aircraft at your destination (not kidding here!).
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 5:43 pm

Look out of the window and marvel at the fact that a 400-ton-thingie is able to be lifted into the air and shoot along with 250 metres per second. Ah, the wonder of flight  Love

Other than that, read a book.

Daniel Smile
 
Andreas
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Tue Oct 29, 2002 5:59 pm

Funny that most people want to talk to the F/As, because many of them (not all!!) are not exactly willing to talk to you for hours but instead rather want to be left alone.
But: why not try to talk to fellow travellers? On long night flights these people usually meet around the galleys (well..where else??) and it's highly entertaining to talk to people from other countries, of other professions, other circumstances of life, people who already have been where you are just going and give you tons of information on what to do where and where not...try it, you'll be amazed how short a flight from Europe to the Far East can be!
And it's much better and rewarding than looking into a small screen until your head aches...but obviously most people prefer that anyway *ggg*.

Regards

Andreas

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SunCEO
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RE: What To Do During A Long Flight?

Wed Oct 30, 2002 3:33 am

Hey thanks for the advice...

Somehow I think I'll leave the Rubiks Cube behind -probably wreck my head. Sleep sounds ok, films and meals, can't be that bad better make sure I get a window seat though!

Thanks,
SunCEO.

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