Everyone here is absolutely correct! I know of a book that is great for understandin all aspects of airplanes, flying and how everything in aviation works. It's a book and it's called "Everythin You Ever Wnated To Know About Flying". It was written by a 757 pilot. This book is real easy to understand and caovers every aspect of flying from the tire pressure to the inner workings of the aircraft and atmospheric behavior. It's is the easiest to understand book I have ever read. It was designed for the passenger who knows nothing about flying. You might go to your local bookstore and see if they have it. I can't remember the author.
Now, about not sleeping for a day or two. I seriously don't recommend it. I get a magazine called Aviation Safety and according to the magazine tiredness can be compared to drunkness. For example, someone who has been awake for 17 hours will perform about the same as a person with 0.05 blood alcohol level. If you have been awake for 24 hours, you are practically legally drunk, and staying up for 48 hours renders you prone to microsleep, where the body and mind shut down for just a few seconds. You could be anywhere doing anything and just pass out for a few seconds. Imagine if you were driving to the airport. Panman is running a serious risk to his body by staying up like that. (sorry, but it's true)
Therefore, stay up late, but not all night, and you can sleep 1/2 or around that area of the flight off.
Furthermore about safety: According to Aviation Safety, flying in an aircraft is nowadays safer than crossing a city street! And I'm not talking the New York interstat
, I'm talking a small barely used street. A car could come around a corner very quick and kill you. Now, how's that for figures! The bathtub thing's correct too. You also have a better chance of getting struck by lightning, (NOT in the aircraft
), than you do of crashing.
Just giving you some figures.
You will make it just fine to the USA and you'll love the trip home. I guarantee it.
You probably will become a flight-addict, who knows!
P.S. You'll love it when the plane levels off a bit after takeoff, you'll feel like you could float out of your seat! (And probably could if you didn't have your seatbelt on.)