Monday, September 28, 2015

Entertaining Yourself on a Long Flight

Flying these days is not fun. The amount of space has shrunk so that it is near impossible to even cross your legs and when you are taking a long flight, you may well wonder how you can pass the time. 

Having just returned from Ireland we had to deal with a flight of around 6 hours. Of course you are in your seat at least a half hour before departure and then with landing etc. it is long. I will say that on the way back west, the movies were so good on the in flight entertainment that I watched three. When combined with having lunch and a snack, before we knew it we were landing in Boston. 

In addition to movies we could play games, listen to music and watch TV. My screen froze after the 3rd movie and I was not able to use it again. A request for help from staff went unanswered, but that is for another post. 

Other ways to pass the time on a long flight include reading. I brought along a book and several magazines for just this purpose. Playing cards is also fun and something that Al and I have done many times. Travel games are designed to be used under these types of circumstances. 

If you are traveling to a country where a different language is spoken, using the flight time to listen to language recordings on an iPod or iPad is a great way to arrive with a little extra knowledge. 

Our flight had WiFi so you can feel free to use your laptop, tablet or smartphone. I did play games on my phone. 

While long flights in economy can be uncomfortable and boring, today's planes offer plenty of opportunities to entertain yourself. If all else fails, you can always take a nap and dream of your destination.

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