questionswhat do you do with long hours on a flight?

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I alternate between watching movies, reading, and sleeping/napping. Usually in that order.

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I find it difficult to concentrate on long flights, and I have never been able to sleep on a plane, so I do one of two things. I either read light, fun fare that's at least a thousand pages long and not particularly complicated (space opera is my jaaaaam, yo), or I put on my headphones, close my eyes, and zone out into goldenthorn-saves-the-world-kills-her-enemies-finds-true-love-becomes-ruler-of-all-the-universes adventures inspired by my curated-specifically-for-soundtracking-daydreams-on-long-haul-flights shuffled music mix. I also take copious advantage of the free long-haul mini wine bottles.

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For me it's mostly white-knuckled gripping of the armrests, gritting of teeth, blotting of sweat, and not-so-furtive glances at my watch.

But that's just me.

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I enjoy flirting with the female flight attendants. Normally the one that most would skip over. Makes my flight a lot more enjoyable and great perks.

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Usually read and catch up on some TV I download for the trip.

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Some drinking, some gaming, but usually lots and lots of reading of books I love.

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I read, watch TV shows or movies downloaded onto my iPod and sleep. Tylenol/Advil PM, a good neck pillow, noise cancelling headphones and an eye shade help with that last one. Also, having flown to and from India (47.5 hours door to door on the return), anything under 12 hours is no big deal.

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@dpn0121: If you mean talking with a friendly, patient demeanor and telling them how much you appreciate their service, I do that, but I don't consider it flirting. That's just being affable and personable.

I don't bother them unless I desperately need something; the extra time I take from them making casual conversation directly affects someone else from receiving their attention.

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@curtisuxor: free drinks and extra food say otherwise. Flirting doesn't have to be rude and lewd if you know how to do it properly.

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@dpn0121: exactly, it is an art that some people never get. It is fun. If done correctly both people leave the exchange feeling better. I just never act on it, I consider it mental exercise.

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I have trouble sitting still on long flights too, so on long journeys I make it a point to get up and walk around every hour or so. I get an aisle seat if I can so that I don't feel guilty about making someone get up for me.

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I can't imagine doing a 12-16 hour flight, I can't stand being stuck in my seat from the east coast to the west coast. I am stir crazy after 2 hours. I've tried sleeping (can't with all the potential terrorists with their unchecked bottles of water), reading, watching movies (batteries always seem to die before the 4 hour mark), and flirting. Nothing seems to work for me. I normally make sure I run around the airport before I get on the plane to save me from getting stiff legs. I am not a giant physical specimen, but at around 230 and pretty solid, the seats are way too small and cramped. I am sure I would more comfortable in first class. Anyone got some free buddy passes for 1st class they don't need?

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@dpn0121: That probably makes their flight less enjoyable.

What, no one takes Ambien/sleeping pills? The dreams I have on Ambien are better than anything else I could possibly be doing on a plane. Also, if the plane was going to crash, I'd rather not be aware of it.

I know your pain, OP. I've taken a few 16 and 18 hour flights over the Pacific Ocean. It definitely feels longer if you go alone.

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I got unexpectedly stuck in the Austin airport for more than two hours yesterday evening, plus the hour and a half I arrived before my flight made for a pretty tiresome 3.5 hour wait for a 1.3 hour flight. Plus it got me home after midnight instead of before 10pm as planned, making for a sleepy afternoon at work today and resulting in me hanging around d.w looking for something to keep me awake. Fortunately I had a dozen tv shows on my tablet to watch, and I'd gotten lucky and bought a soda before they closed all the restaurants (they waited till after they were all closed to tell us the flight was delayed). So I watched TV in the airport and read on the plane. I don't sleep in public so I had to wait to get home for that. I've had a couple of grueling transits (36 hours to get back from Australia was the worst by far) and books and portable media devices are lifelines to sanity. Also, airports and planes are often freezing, so bring warm clothes!